Everton boss David Moyes had plenty of reasons to be positive after the Toffees' advanced to the third round of the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.
A Richard Cresswell own goal was followed by strikes from Victor Anichebe and Mikel Arteta, as the hosts turned things around at Goodison Park once Cresswell had given visiting Sheffield United the lead.
Moyes felt his side didn't deserve to be behind at any stage though, and their response against the Blades was one to fill the Scot with optimism ahead of the weekend clash against Blackburn.
“It was a good victory. It looked a bit up in the air when they scored but we did not deserve to be behind, in fact, we had probably played well enough to be a goal in front," Moyes told the official Everton website.
“But thankfully we responded quickly and didn’t have to dwell on it for long.
“We made a mistake but nobody in the ground would have said we deserved to be behind, and in the end we have scored three but are probably disappointed not to have gone on and scored four or five.”
The League Cup clash also gave Moyes the opportunity to give Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini some valuable playing time in a competitive situation.
The pair missed out on the weekend defeat to QPR, but the manager is adamant resting the pair was the right thing to do as they make their recoveries from respective injuries.
“Anyone who thought Marouane Fellaini and Mikel Arteta were ready to start at the weekend should have been here tonight,” he concluded.
“You could see certainly by midway through the second half they need games and that they were not quite ready, but this game will have done them a lot of good and get them closer to where they need to be.”