Everton boss David Moyes felt his side had at last rediscovered their zest after a thrilling win over Tottenham.
Seamus Coleman grabbed the decisive goal 15 minutes from time after the outstanding Rafael van der Vaart had cancelled out Louis Saha's superb opener. The result lifted Everton to 11th in the table but it was the manner of the performance that offers hope for the rest of the season.
Moyes said: "I'm pleased with that, I thought it was a really good game. Whoever plays Tottenham is going to have to play well to beat them because they are a really good side.
"There was an edge to the players - they played with improved vigour and determination. We made sure we got more balls in the box than we have in previous games.
"We looked as if we were liable to score. In previous games we haven't looked that. We have found it difficult to score, even here we had three or four chances you'd hope we'd score. But we got the couple of goals we haven't been getting."
The major consolation for Spurs was that they maintained fourth place in the table thanks to another defeat for champions Chelsea. Manager Harry Redknapp nevertheless felt his side had blown an opportunity for another good victory.
He was particularly disappointed that Peter Crouch had strayed offside in the act of scoring what looked like a second Spurs goal on the stroke of half-time.
Redknapp said: "At half-time if I'd have been offered a draw I wouldn't have taken it.
"I thought we could have won this game and we should have scored before half-time.
"Gareth Bale broke away - he has either got to score himself or Crouchy has got to make sure he scores. Crouchy shouldn't be offside there, he has got a tap-in. Between the pair of them we should have scored really. It was farcical."