Maloney is in fine form and has impressed throughout the season, fully justifying manager Roberto Martinez's decision to bring him back to English football from Celtic two years ago.
Maloney said: "I think I had to prove it to myself when I came down here.
"The manager and the club took a bit of a gamble after the previous couple of seasons at Celtic - I hadn't played a lot through injury.
"I appreciated the manager taking the time to speak to me and sign me. I think he needs to take the majority of the credit.
"I think this is probably the best I've played at this level on a regular basis.
"It has certainly been the most consistent over a season that I have played, and Saturday was one of the highlights.
"Hopefully there will be another couple of highlights over the next week as well."