Everton captain Phil Jagielka said midfield star Ross Barkley was "keeping him young" following the Toffees' 1-1 draw at Arsenal.
Everton, who won at Manchester United in midweek, dominated for large spells at the Emirates Stadium but fell behind to a Mesut Ozil goal with 10 minutes remaining.
However, Roberto Martinez' well-drilled side produced an almost instant response as substitute Gerard Deulofeu equalised.
Jagielka sang the praises of his young team-mates, including the tireless Barkley, telling Sky Sports 1: "Fantastic -- on the training ground they keep us young. We've got some fantastic young lads.
"It's exciting times -- he has just got to keep on doing things he does well and maybe work on things he does not do so well."
The England said he had feared the worst when Olivier Giroud's injury-time shot rattled the bar.
"Yeah, massively," he said. "But I think we were good value for the draw.
"They had some fantastic play on the counter-attack. It was two good footballing teams and hard to get the ball back from each other."
Barkley added: "It was a fair result in the end. The season is going well for me; the season so far is good."
Everton boss Martinez could not have been prouder of his team, and said: "The performance -- I couldn't be happier.
"The only bit of criticism is you need to take your chances. In the final third, we were not ruthless enough.
"But I am really, really pleased. The character is really strong. We conceded really late from an unlikely source, but we didn't accept defeat.
"The draw was a fair result. For long spells we frustrated Arsenal and looked like the home team. The players deserve huge credit."
The former Wigan boss said of his mixture of youth and experience: "It is vital to have that blend. If you have 11 19-year-olds you wouldn't be competitive. It is a perfect blend -- you need to have a team that balances each other."
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said he was happy to have five points between his side and closest challengers Liverpool and Chelsea.
He told Sky Sports 1: "Not bad to take -- ideally we wanted seven, but at least we've got five.
"It gives a little bit of a cushion to play in a serene way against other teams.
"Then it's a difficult task in Naples and then go to Man City."
Of the match, the Frenchman said: "It was a very tense game. I thought it was very tight today. They remained always dangerous on counter attacks. But it's a point."
He voiced frustration at an occasionally robust approach by Everton, saying: "When we got out of the pressure and got into the passing, they stopped us every single time with a foul.
"To just make a foul without being punished by the referee is a huge advantage because after that you play 10 against 10 in one half again.''
Wenger set his sights on maintaining his side's advantage as they prepare for the visit of Chelsea -- currently in third -- on 23 December.
"As long as we are five points ahead, you cannot rule ourselves out even with the best desire, so let's keep that cushion,'' he said.
"It shows you that it will be a tough Premier League and the consistency, in the end, will be rewarded. It is down to us to keep this attitude until the end of the season.''