Everton manager David Moyes felt his side thoroughly deserved their three points after a hard-fought Barclays Premier League win over 10-man Bolton.
Goals from Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar in the final 18 minutes fired the Toffees to a 2-0 victory after the sending off of Gretar Steinsson at Goodison Park. Everton had been dominant in the second half but their breakthrough only came when last man Steinsson was dismissed for bundling over Ayegbeni Yakubu and Arteta curled home the resulting free-kick.
Moyes said: "It was turning but it was up to us to make it so. We were the only team I felt was going to go on to win the game."
He added: "I thought we were the better team, we were the team who passed it.
"Bolton came in and made it very hard but they didn't offer any attacking threats, with the exception of a couple of free-kicks, so overall I thought we deserved it."
The sending off was the main talking point of the game but Moyes backed referee Alan Wiley's decision.
"I have seen it again and the referee calls it right," Moyes said.
"He was onside and it was a really good ball from Steven Pienaar through to Yak. He certainly brings him down."
Victory was Everton's seventh in succession in the league at home, their best run since 1990.
But Moyes added: "The job is to win the next game. If I can get records, then great, but it's not important for me."