Phil Neville urged Everton's supporters to understand why the Blues are ready to sacrifice style in their pursuit of Champions League football.
Having won the eight of their last 12 Premier League fixtures, David Moyes' side head to Wigan on Sunday knowing that another victory will thrust them back into the Premier League's top four.
But if Everton show the same mentality that helped them see off Manchester City last weekend - a result described by the skipper as the best they have achieved so far - Neville is confident they have sufficient talent in the ranks to win the race for fourth place.
"The first half of the season is all about getting confidence and playing good football but the second half is purely about results," Neville told the Liverpool Echo. "It really doesn't matter how you play.
"The teams around us are putting pressure on us so we know that we have got to keep winning and we have got to believe that we are good enough to be where we are. There was a bit of anxiety in the crowd at times last weekend but that wasn't a game to play free flowing football.
"We had to dig in and you could see at the end how much the win meant to us. For me, beating Manchester City was the best result we have had so far this season, .more pleasing than the wins against Sunderland and West Ham. Now we have to make sure we continue that way."