Second half strikes from Leon Osman and Leighton Baines ensured that Everton beat struggling Blackburn to move to within a point of rivals Liverpool.
Everton, unbeaten in the league since 13 February, took the lead in the 54th minute when Osman collected a short corner and drove home a low effort.
Baines then doubled Everton's lead from the penalty spot after Seamus Coleman was upended by Phil Jones.
The defeat leaves Blackburn just two points clear of the relegation zone.
And, having not won since January, Steve Kean's side are set for an anxious run-in with games against Manchester City and Manchester United still to come.
At a sunny Goodison Park, Blackburn were fortunate not to be behind as early as a minute into the game.
Fantastic Osman made the difference - Moyes
A long ball from Tony Hibbert was inadvertently headed into Jermaine Beckford's path by Jermaine Jones, but Beckford rushed his shot and sliced high and wide from an acute angle.
It was a big miss for Everton who, despite dominating possession, lacked the imagination and attacking threat usually provided by injured pair Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill.
Everton were dealt yet another injury blow when Johnny Heitinga limped off after just 15 minutes holding his hamstring.
Despite being passengers for much of a flat first half, Blackburn looked bright on the counter-attack and their 20-year-old debutant Ruben Rochina, a January signing from Barcelona, showed promise with a number of neat touches.
The youngster orchestrated the away side's best move of the first half with a driving run from midfield that opened Everton up, but the move broke down when Santa Cruz's cross for Brett Emerton was intercepted.
Everton displayed some much needed urgency after the break and, after the bright Magaye Gueye fired just over and Leighton Baines saw a long-range effort brush the outside of the post, the hosts punished Blackburn for their sluggish start to the second half.
A short corner to Leon Osman caught Blackburn cold and the midfielder sidestepped the challenge of Rochina and fired low inside the far post, with the ball taking a significant deflection off defender Christopher Samba.
Everton almost doubled their lead two minutes later when Gueye fired into the side netting with his left-foot after a poor clearance by Michael Salgado.
The hosts were far more assured than their jaded opponents throughout the second half and it was only a matter of time before they doubled their lead in the 75th minute.
The strike came courtesy of Baines, who powered his penalty beyond Paul Robinson after Phil Jones' rash lunge on substitute Coleman.
Blackburn, devoid of imagination in attack, could have halved Everton's lead but Morten Gamst Pederson was guilty of a glaring miss when he dragged his shot wide from 12 yards after a mix up between Baines and Phil Jagielka.
Self-belief not shattered - Kean
That proved to be Blackburn's best chance of the game as the visitors sorely missed their talismanic forward Junior Hoilett.
Osman spurned a good opportunity to make it 3-0 when he miscued from 15 yards, but it was academic given Blackburn's ineptitude throughout.
The win sees Everton narrow the gap on sixth-placed Liverpool to one point, but leaves Blackburn with a battle on their hands if they are to avoid relegation.
Everton manager David Moyes:
"It was a great result and a good performance; we were comfortable today.
"Last season we had only two defeats in the last 24 games and this season is similar. We have a momentum at the moment and are playing well. We are finishing the season very strongly."
"The start we have had to the season may not allow us to finish above Liverpool, but we'll try."
Blackburn manager Steve Kean:
"I thought there were massive positives for us in the first half so we're disappointed by the manner of the goals we've conceded. But we'll move on.
"Our away statistics aren't great but our belief is not shattered. Our team spirit has been called upon but we've got that in abundance.
"We must try to build some momentum, starting with our next game against Manchester City."
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