Sean Dyche took plenty of positives, despite his side not being at their best in a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth.
Keith Treacy earned a point with a 67th-minute equaliser, six minutes after coming off the bench, as Burnley moved four points clear of QPR in third place – a lead they preserved as The R’s went down 1-0 to Reading on Sunday.
The pitch which passed a 7-30 a.m. inspection, didn’t make for an entertaining spectacle, and Dyche said: “I thought it was a pretty ugly affair.
“No fault of Bournemouth but the pitch is very poor. The weather down here has been unbelievable so I think they’ve done well to get it on.
“They played the pitch better so credit to them for that. And credit to us for believing and never going under.
“We have got that spirit in the group and it was on show again.
“We want to pass and play, and I’m sure Eddie does.
“They dealt with it better than us. They played slightly more direct - not in a bad way, just turning the ball in behind us, and get willing runners onto it. That seemed to be their gameplan and they carried them onto the pitch just to get some territory really.”
The Clarets responded well to conceding just after half-time, when South African international striker Tokelo Rantie headed in a corner, and Dyche added: “It was a game of very few chances and nowhere near the quietly we’ve come to expect, but an underlying belief which is vital in what we’re achieving her.
“There were no disappointments. A goal goes in, a quick response and making it ugly for them in the last seven or eight minutes.
“We’ve done well over the season. The lads were disappointed with the goal.
“They had a bit more energy and a bit more of the ball but never really opened us up too many times, and we didn’t to them to be fair.
“There a lot of positives on a day when we weren’t at our best. We’ve come away with another valuable point and a seven-point week, which is good when you’ve had two away games.
“Our ethos is to win every game but if you don’t win you’ve got to take the next best thing and that’s what we did.
“It’s very difficult to have 46 games when you play very well.
“Recently our form’s been terrific. Now and again you have a soft one, sometimes it happens, bug to have that never say die spirit is an invaluable quality.”
It was a day where centre backs Jason Shackell and Michael Duff needed to be at their best, and Dyche was delighted with the pair: “They were fantastic. I think they kept their chances to a minimum, they headed it, they kicked, they dealt with anything in the channel, they dealt with the pitch. Absolutely excellent.
“The framework of the team is there for a reason.
“The tough surface is why we were off it - not because of the framework, not because of the energy, just really trying to find those pockets of quality to go and play and hurt the opposition.
“They’ve been in really good form, our team’s been in really good form.
“It’s a strange disappointment. We wanted to go again and get another three points. Sometimes there are things in front of you, the main one being 11 players trying to stop you of course.
“The pitch played a part, as I mentioned - no excuse, it was same for them, but it affected the game.
“But overall, coming away with three points from Bolton and a point here, I think that’s two very good away performances.”