Sam Allardyce believes he is getting maximum effort from his "fantastic" players after Everton's 2-0 win at Huddersfield.
Allardyce is coming under increasing pressure from Toffees fans, who want him out despite seeing their side lose just once in seven Premier League matches.
But the 63-year-old stressed his players were giving him everything after emphatic finishes in either half from Turkey forward Cenk Tosun and Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye at the John Smith's Stadium.
"Our efforts from the players particularly has been fantastic," Allardyce said. "When you go past that 40-point mark it's very easy for a player to think about his holidays and switch off.
"Our players are striding forward. This is the best run of points gained since I've been here. I had a really good start with the first seven games and now this one.
"I think we've collected more points this time than then. We're pushing ourselves as high up in the league as we possibly can."
Travelling Blues fans chanted abuse at the former England manager. But Allardyce, who has steered Everton from 18th to eighth in the table, highlighted his record since replacing Ronald Koeman in November.
"We've sat in the top half of the league for nearly the entire time I've been here apart from perhaps a couple of weeks," Allardyce added.
"That really is all down to the players' efforts."