David Moyes said he was thrilled to see Everton not give up and eventually beat Tottenham 2-1 at Goodison Park.
The Scot said: "I remember a season where we used to score late goals and win games 1-0. Recently it's not been the case. If Everton hadn't won then we would have been saying how not? We played terrifically well.
"We had tried everything to try and give ourselves an opening but they kept at it and we got it in the end."
Moyes said he was not getting his hopes up about sealing a Champions League spot after the win saw them leapfrog Spurs into fourth spot on goal difference.
He added: "The position doesn't shame the way Everton have been playing or the way the players have been playing. We've just got to make sure we maintain that."