Everton manager David Moyes insist his side deserve to be regarded as title contenders after beating Liverpool.
Lee Carsley's goal saw Everton move into second place with a 1-0 win.
And Moyes said: "If any other club was second they would be saying they were title contenders. They would consider it right to say we were in the mix.
"I want to keep giving our fans days like these. It was my first derby win and our first success against Liverpool in five years. Just another great day."
Moyes added: "People have said it can't happen, that we haven't got the resources.
"But why can't we prove it can be done with a small, committed squad?"
He added: "This win is very, very satisfying. That surely shows the progress this club has made with a tremendously committed bunch of players who are really working for each other.
"That is a big thing for us to say, they are a fantastic bunch of lads that I am proud to manage.
"It is a massive jump to the big boys, but by hook or by crook we are doing all we can to bridge it without having the finances."
Moyes said: "We might not have the quality other clubs have got but we are bridging the gap.
"Now our job is just to keep playing. There is great self-belief and confidence.
"We are all in it together. We are enjoying the wins and the lads are overjoyed after this. They're doing just great."