Everton manager David Moyes hopes his side can carry their momentum into a vital week in the club's season after they saw off Tottenham 1-0 on Saturday.
David Moyes speaks to ESPN
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A goal from Nikica Jelavic on the January signing's full debut proved decisive as Everton made it ten matches unbeaten and dented Tottenham's hopes of holding on to third in the table.
The Toffees now must prepare for a derby meeting with Liverpool in the Premier League on Tuesday and an FA Cup quarter-final with Sunderland next weekend.
Moyes, who celebrates ten years at the club this week, told ESPN: "It's a hard week for us but it's the sort of games I want to be involved in. I have always hoped when I came here that we would be able to challenge with the big teams. We were a bit lucky but we got three points."
Moyes also praised Jelavic whose chances at Everton have been hampered by injury and the international break since he moved to the club from Rangers.
The Scot said: "We've missed having somebody who can come in and make something out of nothing. He took it early and hopefully he's someone who can score a few goals out of nothing. It was a great finish.''
While he was delighted with the result he admitted the performance could have been better.
"We got a great result but we can play much better than that, certainly in the second half,'' he said. "Tottenham are a really good team and we had to play really well to stay in it but we did.
"In the end we had to say that if we couldn't keep the ball, we'd make sure we kept them out and thankfully we did that.''
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp could not believe his side had failed to score after seeing Jermain Defoe have a goal ruled out for offside and substitute Louis Saha shoot against the post late on against his former side.
Redknapp said: "How did we lose it? In the second half we never came out of their half. We just couldn't get a goal.
"They couldn't get the ball off us. We penned them in and we just couldn't get the break. It was just one of those days in the end.
"I'm suicidal really. We've lost away to Arsenal, away to Everton and at home to Manchester United and they're always going to be tough games. Two of the games we didn't deserve to lose, today and against Manchester United.
"I said all along that 10 points can evaporate very quickly. You look at the fixtures and you knew going away to Arsenal, Chelsea, playing Manchester United, they were tough games and you knew it could turn.
"But we're still in a better position than the other teams and we've just got to keep going, keep believing and we'll go again and turn it around. Against Manchester United we couldn't have asked for more but we switched off for a couple of set-plays and today we came back so strong in the second half and they didn't come out of their half, we just couldn't get the ball.''
Redknapp came in for some criticism from the visiting fans for playing Gareth Bale on the right wing for virtually the entire match. However, he defended his selection saying: "I switched him because we haven't got a wide right player.
"I've got people that can play off the left, Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric, but there's no one at the club apart from Aaron Lennon and David Bentley that can play wide right so it's a problem.
"He plays on the right for Wales anyway and he likes to come in on the left foot and he pinned (Leighton) Baines back. We penned them in and just couldn't get the break.''