Paul Lambert spoke of his mixed emotions shortly after the final whistle blew on an exhilarating 3-3 draw between Villa and Everton.
Lambert was obviously gutted his side couldn't hold on to the lead at the death, with the Toffees managing a stoppage-time leveller.
But the boss was delighted with the performance-levels of his team as they produced high-octane stuff throughout a non-stop 90 minutes.
He said: "My emotions are mixed.
"I thought we played really well throughout the game. Coming here, nobody gave us a chance.
"Everton are a right good side. David has them playing well and they have some fine players.
"We came here and I thought we played really, really well.
"I always think it's good to get a foothold in the game. It's important not to concede early too. We got the goal through Christian. Gabby's goal was top-class.
"We had a chance to make it 3-1 just after the start of the second half with Andi. That never materialised.
"Then the third we did score was world-class. It was a great move and great cross. It was a fantastic header, getting in front of the defender.
"I thought we looked a threat when we got into positions to score. The front lads were excellent.
"You then knew Everton were going to come at you strongly. But you just have to try and see the game through, which we never managed to do.
"The free-kicks and corners came into the box and the delivery of Everton is very good. Sometimes you have to deal with them.
"The one at the end we never managed to deal with. Ron got caught a little bit.
"The amount of times Fellaini has done that throughout his time here has been incredible.
"But the general performance was very good. The lads gave it everything. They were blocking and things like that.
"You know what's coming at you at that time. But I can't praise the team highly enough for what they did.
"The form certainly looks good at the minute. And we have one or two new lads to come in. I thought we were very good.
"It was a massive help to see the way the fans reacted after the Newcastle game. That was a major thing because the players know that thesupporters are with them.
"If they keep turning in performances like that, we will win more games than not."
Lambert paid particular tribute to two-goal star Benteke, who bossed the Toffees backline throughout the afternoon.
He added: "He's only 22, just turned 22. For someone who has just come into British football he's been exceptional.
"I probably got criticised for signing him because he wasn't a name, no-one had heard of him, people thought 'what's Aston Villa doing signing him.' I'm pretty sure he's put that to bed."
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