David Moyes is delighted Everton's current five-match unbeaten run has started to turn their season around but believes his squad still needs to improve further.
Everton picked up just eight points from the opening 27 available in the Premier League this term and also endured early exits from both the Carling Cup and the UEFA Cup to leave the club reeling. But since drawing 1-1 with Manchester United at Goodison Park on October 25, Moyes' side have beaten Bolton, Fulham and West Ham and also drew 1-1 with Middlesbrough last week to resuscitate their attempts to repeat last season's fifth-placed finish.
Moyes said: "Long may it continue. We want to keep pushing on, we are on a decent run at the moment and if we can keep that going then that would be great because we want to be in a good position going into the Christmas period and the games coming up prior to that will be important games."
He added: "I have said many times that we are still looking for the right blend and balance but for a side that is still looking for that, we are in a decent league position and we need to keep moving on.
"I can see the players doing much better and that gives me encouragement for the upcoming games."
Moyes also outlined that he is refusing to rest on last season's finishing position, outlining it means very little now and that Everton cannot afford to relax if they want to be referred to as a consistent threat at the top of the table.
Everton's ability to finish in fifth last term helped Moyes win the North West Manager of the Year Award for 2008 earlier this week but he is more concerned now with repeating last season rather than basking in it.
He continued: "I think people realise we work from a slightly different position to other sides and we worked really hard to get into lofty positions in these last few years and last year to try and be fourth.
"But we have to do it again and we have to keep doing it."
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