Jamie Carragher hailed Everton on Twitter after they recorded a 3-1 home victory over Chelsea on Saturday afternoon.
The Toffees responded to the sacking of manager Marco Silva by beating fourth-placed Chelsea in the Premier League at Goodison Park.
Everton legend Duncan Ferguson took charge of the hosts as caretaker boss and got the response from his players on the pitch he would have wanted.
Richarlison opened the scoring after just five minutes with a bullet header and was part of a team that played with great intensity.
Centre-forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin twice capitalised on defensive errors in the second-half to score a brace, while Mateo Kovacic fired in a stunning long-range effort in-between that.
The result lifts Everton from the relegation zone up to 14th in the league table and they travel to Old Trafford next weekend to face Manchester United.
“As a Red now I can’t deny I was pleased to see Everton win just for Duncan Ferguson! Celebrations were great to see & that is Everton football, aggressive, powerful & using the crowd!!” Carragher wrote on his personal Twitter account.
Everton delivered the type of performance that many teams do when they sack their manager and it’s clear that the players left it all on the pitch for temporary boss Ferguson, who is clearly adored by the club’s supporters from his playing career.
They had to stand firm against a fair amount of Chelsea pressure, but put their bodies on the line and often gave them little time in possession with their press.
Richarlison is an attacker in inspired form right now with four goals in his last five league matches and there is not a chance a squad like Everton’s should be anywhere near the drop zone.
Ferguson has certainly not done his chances of getting the job any harm, but it was just one game and at very least it’s given the club’s board a bit more time to find the right appointment.