Sean Dyche paid tribute to his players as the Clarets thumped Bournemouth to earn their biggest ever Premier League win.
The Clarets won for the first time this season thanks to two quickfire first half goals from Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon and two second half strikes from substitute Ashley Barnes.
And Dyche, who held an open forum with the squad this week following four straight defeats, was delighted at the immediate reversal of fortunes.
The gaffer said: “We had a good open chat with the players in the week after the disappointment of last week and I reminded them – and again today before the game – that I’m proud of everything they have done and everything they do.
“Forget about the fact we hadn’t won a game. I am telling you now, they have given this club their lives and will continue to do so.
“You can judge people on winning, but these lads put a lot in - and they have in the early part of this season.
“They have been travelling all over and then there’s the outside noise and negativity from the Europa (League), but they’ve batted it away the best they can and to be able to bounce out of last week’s performance into that one was very, very pleasing for them, not just for me and the fans.”
Dyche added: “It was very pleasing for everyone in the stadium.
“The crowd were behind the team. They know what the lads have given them down the years and they stayed resolute and made sure the team knew they were backing them.
“That’s when this is important. We’ve had some great times and we’ll have more, but we have to earn them and support for the players is important.
“It’s new for them, don’t forget. Success hangover, they call it - and I called it a fog last week - where you are working and working and suddenly you hit that level.
“Then you add in all the other stuff and it can be a tricky animal to handle and more difficult than the past.”
Vydra lit the blue touchpaper on his full Clarets debut, sweeping home Ashley Westwood’s deflected effort six minutes before half time.
Lennon slotted home his first goal for the club two minutes later, following Johann Berg Gudmundsson’s deep, hanging cross to the far post.
And after soaking up plenty of second half pressure from the Cherries - and following a crucial save from Joe Hart to deny David Brooks - Ashley Barnes struck twice late on to seal the points.
“It was the complete opposite of last weekend,” said Dyche.
“We were on the front foot straight away and they are good side, by the way.
"I know the ups and downs of this business and I did say, last week, you are never as far away as you think, or as close as you think to being the real thing.
“We’ve found a healthy balance this week and this is a start. It takes all the noise away and gives us more freedom in the next performance to crack on.”