Louis Saha at last gave his own future and Everton's erratic season a new direction after scoring a late header in the 1-0 victory against former club Fulham.
The French striker arrived at Goodison Park in the summer after his Manchester United career was blighted by constant injuries, but his goal on Saturday will certainly boost his confidence.
Everton boss David Moyes said: "Saha got his first goal after coming on as a late substitute, and I was pleased for him, hopefully that will help him. Goals bring confidence and hopefully he is off and running now for us."
He added: "This is a new start for him. It was a terrific header after getting into a good position.
"In the last few games I have not been seeing him get into those positions, but when he came on he made an impact.
"Louis will thrive on playing games. He has probably played as many matches in the last few weeks as he had played for the previous six months. That will also give him confidence after his injury problems."
Saha's powerful header with just three minutes to go gave Everton their first home win of the season.
Moyes added: "We are now only one point worse off than we were at this stage last season from the same amount of games, and we ended up in fifth.
"But we know we have a bit to go to reach the standards we set ourselves last season, but things are looking much better."
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