Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger felt his side were rewarded for their hard endeavour as they left Everton with three vital points on Sunday afternoon.
Goals from Bacary Sagna and Cesc Fabregas either side of half-time proved decisive at Goodison Park as the Gunners claimed a 2-1 victory to move up to second in the Barclays Premier League.
Arsenal were made to battle for their victory and Lukasz Fabianski produced a string of saves as Everton, who eventually broke through courtesy of Tim Cahill, finished strongly.
"The most important qualities we showed were discipline, commitment, honest desire, 100% focus for 90 minutes," said Wenger. "That got us the three points - if you come here without that you don't get the three points."
He added: "We've had two difficult away games, Wolves and here, but we have got six points and that puts us in a good situation. The team has shown great spirit.
"We could have scored more but we were nearly punished and we needed a few good saves from the keeper because we became a bit too conservative. We were hanging on a bit at the end but overall I am satisfied with 2-1."
Despite his team's strong position, Wenger was not willing to look at the title picture.
"Let's get points into our account and see where we stand at the end," he said.
Wenger allayed fears midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is due to join up with England this week, was removed at the interval because of injury.
The Frenchman said: "He is not injured. I wanted a second holding player to win the second balls from the headers and I thought he looked a bit tired.
"He will be all right to go with England."
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