Sean Dyche believes putting in the hard yards has been instrumental in turning around the Clarets' Premier League season.
Burnley have virtually guaranteed Premier League football for next season following a run of 28 points from 16 games, including Monday night’s hard-fought draw at Chelsea, which saw them climb nine points clear of the bottom three, with three games remaining.
During that resurgence, Dyche's men have scored 27 goals; a total only bettered in the Premier League by title contenders Manchester City and Liverpool.
All that contrasts to a perilous situation at Christmas, when 12 points from their opening 19 games left the Clarets staring down the barrel.
And the gaffer has praised his players’ efforts, insisting their relentless work ethic has been major factor in the upturn in fortunes.
He said: “Around Christmas time we had to look at it and remind ourselves what got us down the years to where we are.
“That is doing ‘the wrong side of the game’ and doing it well. Since Christmas, I think we’ve outrun every opposition we’ve played.
“You have to find a way of being competitive. You have to find a way of taking on the challenge and I think we’ve done that, year on year.
“We stay focused on the team and I think that’s been a really powerful thing for us, because we believe in the players and they’ve paid us back with that belief from Christmas onwards.”
The Clarets now have another tough game to prepare for, hosting reigning champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men left Turf Moor with a solitary point last season after Johann Berg Gudmundsson scored a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw.