Everton manager David Moyes paid tribute to his "unbelievable" players after victory over Fulham left them four points off the top of the table.
Substitute Duncan Ferguson settled the 1-0 win at Goodison Park.
And an elated Moyes said: "What a player he is to have around. He's got himself really fit and is dangerous.
"We are four points off the top of the table and you have to give the players unbelievable credit at this time of the season. They've been great."
Moyes was in joyous mood after his side's latest 1-0 win.
He said: "Battering teams 4-0 or 5-0 would make my job in the dug-out at lot easier, but I'll take any win any time.
"I'll have another happy Saturday night and I didn't have too many of those last season. It was our ninth win, the same as we had in the whole of last season."
Moyes added: "I can only thank everyone behind the scenes, plus Bill Kenwright and the board for all they have had to go through, plus all the fans with what they have
had to endure.
"It is a great start to the season and now our aim is to stay there.
"We are right among it but we are not saying what we will achieve. We are still aiming for that 40-point mark and when we get there we can look around and decide what it is possible to achieve.
"We are desperate to keep winning and we have a squad - not a big one - but
one that is capable of playing different ways and keep picking up the points."