Manager David Moyes is aiming for an Everton points record in the Premier League, but Derby boss Paul Jewell admits he now only cares about next season.
Everton's 1-0 win over the Rams yesterday took them to 60 points for the campaign and only three behind Liverpool in the race for Champions League qualification.
The Toffees now need two more points to eclipse their previous best Premier League tally of 61, achieved in 1996 and 2005.
If they win at Birmingham on Saturday they will do that and move level on points with Liverpool - but behind on goal difference - with the Anfield club not playing at home to Blackburn until Sunday.
Leon Osman scored the second-half winner against Derby, and afterwards Moyes said: 'We are optimistic. We believe we can still catch Liverpool.
'That's 60 points, and we have won 18 games in the Premier League - and with five to go, we can end with a very healthy tally in an excellent position.
'We are having to push them [the players] towards the end of the season to keep them going. It has been a long, hard campaign.
'It was not a terrific display, but we have had some great performances at home this season and are still in with a shout.
'It was a hard game, but the only important thing was three points and another victory.
'We can put pressure on Liverpool, and if we do that and win at Birmingham next weekend it will be our highest points tally in the Premier League. That is the first objective.'
Jewell saw his side produce a hugely-improved display, having already been relegated.
But he said: 'The only thing I am now interested in is next season and how we do back in the Championship.
'That was better - in fact, it was not just a little better but miles better than when I first arrived.
'I felt we deserved a point; we passed the ball really well and we lacked that bit of quality in the box, maybe a bit of belief, and care at times - but the work we put in was good throughout.
'We took the game to Everton; we tried to attack and move the ball - and Everton started hitting it long, which suited us.
'We kept the crowd quiet and just needed that little bit extra.
'We could have even won it, but it wasn't to be. The lads were terrific.'