Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa side aim to bounce back from the disappointment of the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City with a win over David Moyes' Everton side tomorrow.
Villa found the going away from home tough at Eastlands after the euphoria of beating Chelsea but are determined to get back on track in their quest for European football this season.
The matches between Everton and Villa last season were, according to O'Neill, a real turning point in Villa's form last season and the spur for them to see in the last nine matches of the campaign unbeaten.
He said: "Our trip to Everton last season was our first victory away from home.
"At our place it was then pretty much a defining moment in our season.
"We were pretty wretched in the first half and we were behind in the game and we went off at half-time to a chorus of boos that to be fair we deserved.
"Yet we came out in the seond half to come roaring at them. The crowd got behind us again
and we got a late equaliser - I think through Gabby Agbonlahor. He scored and then we pressed on and didn't look back from then until the end of the season."
O'Neill admits he fears former Birmingham City striker Andy Johnson who he believes is due goals and he continued: "Everton are strong - they played in Europe this week and they played in Europe because they deserve to be there.
"They are the only side in recent times to have broken into the top four and played Champions League football.
"It is a difficult time for us but we are raring to go and I have great respect for them."
As for last week's defeat the manager insists his players will use it as a springboard to kick on this weekend.
He said: "We were very disappointed last week to lose to City but we have had a half-decent week and the players are trying to put it behind them.
"Obviously after the euphoria of that win over Chelsea we had entered the game full of confidence.
"The fact we lost was not because we had no confidence but I feel it is a game we should have got something out of because the players played particularly well."
And the manager is not too worried yet about his team's lack of goals despite the fact they are dominating possession.
He said: "I think it is too early in the season yet to make assumptions about where goals are coming from or where they are not coming from - take a look at Manchester United. I think they have only scored five goals this season in the league.
"Once a couple of centre forwards get off the mark I am confident it won't be a problem."
Villa expect John Carew to be available again despite his long-running groin problem.
He played two international games for Norway recently and managed most of the game against Manchester City and so could start against Everton.
O'Neill is convinced the giant striker will get more match-fitness and improve his sharpness in front of goal as the games progress.
He said: "John is looking to get a goal or two like everyone else. He has done it for Norway and now I want him to adapt that international form and turn it into a couple of goals for us.
"I think we are playing some really delightful football. We played fantastically well against Fulham and against Chelsea but nowhere remotely near our capabilities against Manchester City.
"We have a big game now on Sunday and we aim to put things right."