Phil Bardsley described the Clarets’ win over Newcastle as the ‘dream’ result as Burnley got back on track with three more precious Turf Moor points.
Sean Dyche’s men ended a three-game losing run – which had seen them concede 11 goals – with a 1-0 victory over the Tynesiders.
And Bardsley couldn’t have been happier with the outcome on his return to the starting line-up as the Clarets’ fifth home win of the season coincided with a fifth shut-out at Turf Moor.
“A clean sheet and three points are what you dream of,” said the Clarets’ right-back.
“It was a difficult game in difficult conditions but one we came through.
“We knew they are a good outfit who’ve had some positive results in recent weeks.
“But we fancy ourselves at home against anybody. Collectively, it was an outstanding performance.
“We’d had a couple of tough weeks and it was about getting back together and getting that edge to our game and I think we did that.
“It was a big performance, especially coming off the back of three difficult games.
“Confidence was a little bit low, but everyone had trained with great quality and a great work ethic and the three points were well deserved.”
Chris Wood’s seventh goal of the season – headed home from an Ashley Westwood corner almost an hour in – proved the difference as the Clarets handed Newcastle only a third defeat in 10 games.
The result lifted Burnley to within a point of the 11th-placed Geordies and only four points behind sixth-placed Manchester United, who are next up at Turf Moor on 28 December.
Before that, the Clarets go to Bournemouth – who ended a five-game losing run with a 1-0 success at Chelsea on Saturday – and then Everton on Boxing Day.
And Bardsley is hoping to make the Clarets’ third win in six games the start of another productive run.
He added: “It’s up to us to build on it. We have got some good fixtures coming up over the Christmas period and we believe there are plenty of points to be picked up.
“Bournemouth had a good result, so they will be buzzing. But it’s up to us.
“We believe we can compete against anybody in this league and we will go there and have a right good go.”