What a difference a week makes.
I suppose Everton couldn't have played any worse than they did in their cup quarterfinal against Wigan. But the 2-0 win over Manchester City offered up plenty of positives which Everton have to take forward into the remaining games. The City game was a step in the right direction for the players, fans and manager.
David Moyes atoned for his poor team selection against Wigan by bringing Darron Gibson and Victor Anichebe back into the side, with Leon Osman taking over as skipper.
The Everton manager had called for a response from his players in the week building up to the game. And his players responded. So did the fans, as the team were roared home to a much needed victory by a raucous Goodison Park crowd.
Everton have to put the abysmal performance against Wigan behind them. Easier said than done, of course, and it will take much more than a solitary victory for fans to forget the cup horror-show.
Qualification for Europe on the other hand? That might come close to full vindication.
The Toffees have the toughest run-in from any of the European challengers. But this tough set of fixtures also give Everton the opportunity to make ground on their rivals. With Everton still having to travel to Chelsea, Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal, they have the chance to take points off those sides whom they are in direct competition with.
I criticised David Moyes last week for failing to motivate his players in high pressure encounters. Those four aforementioned matches present big opportunities to prove otherwise.
To do that, Everton have to replicate a lot of the things they did well in the Manchester City game. Here are a few I picked out: