Sean Dyche believes his Premier League experience has helped keep a steady hand on the tiller to steer the Clarets to calmer waters.
Dyche will take charge of his 150th top-flight game when Burnley welcome Manchester City to Turf Moor on Sunday.
And he insists the lessons learned from previous campaigns helped him keep the faith when his side picked up just 12 points from their opening 19 matches.
The Burnley boss, whose side have virtually secured a fourth season in the top division for the first time since 1971, said: “That experience and that knowledge allowed my clarity of view at the half-way point this season because, although the Premier League is very unforgiving, we have showed that we can compete. So therefore, I wasn’t over-thinking it.
“The biggest care of all was getting things right and I think that knowledge, not just in management but in Premier League management, helps in those moments to stay calm, stay focused and believe in what you do.
“I think the players deserve a lot of credit for delivering that, and my part of the bigger picture is just the clarity in what we can do.
“I think that’s where the experience has helped. One hundred and fifty games of Premier League football gives you the ability to have the calmness and the clarity to see what you need to do.”
Sunday’s game – where a point could be needed to mathematically guarantee the Clarets’ safety – could also have massive implications for this year’s title race.
But Dyche insists he is only focused on his own team’s outcome, and not who takes home the valuable prize.
He added: “I’ve got nothing to do with it (the title race). I’ve got no motives other than to try and win the game.
“We want to play hard against everyone. We want points on the board.
"We’ve been close with a lot of the big sides. Since Christmas, we have beaten Tottenham at home, we got a point at Chelsea and a point at Manchester United which could have been three..
"We have applied ourselves in all games but particularly from the turn of the year we have been in all games.
"They (City) are a top side, they have proved that and shown that. They have shown the varying ways they can handle games and situations and on the other hand they have the demand that is right in front of them which is to go and win the title.
“We have a different demand, which is to see the season out in a proper fashion and that can be a weapon.
"You can't relax against teams like this, but there’s that little bit of freedom where the game is about them and we want to take on the game and win.
“We want to prove that we can at least challenge the elite end of the market because the top six are miles in front. It is a big challenge but one we are looking forward to, especially in front of our own fans."
Clarets Player will have live commentary of Sunday’s game from 1.45pm.