Coyle reserved particular praise for Muamba, who responded to being dropped for the first time in the league this season by netting the opener just five minutes after coming on as substitute.
"Fabrice scored a great goal," said Coyle. "It was a big decision to leave him out because Fabrice has started every game me.
"It shows I'm not afraid to make the big decisions. It would have been easy for Fabrice to sulk but he didn't. He came on and scored a wonderful goal."