Are Roberto Martinez's recent comments a sign that Everton have turned a corner?

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The draw away to Swansea feeling like a defeat after three consecutive wins says a lot considering the struggles Everton have had this season.

It has been a pretty difficult season for Everton. There were times during this campaign where they were looking over their shoulders nervously at the drop zone - worrying that they would get dragged into a scrap to stay in the top flight.

But recently they have managed to get something resembling the form of last season that led to them challenging for the top four and accumulating a record Premier League points tally in the process.

Some would argue their recent exit from the Europa League may have helped, but the manner of their exit could equally have been a hammer blow to confidence as they saw their hopes of a first trophy in 20 years go up in smoke.

After the weekend's 1-1 draw with Swansea City, Martinez seemed disappointed, and is quoted in the South Wales Evening Post, saying: "It feels like a defeat at the end of the game and that's difficult to take.

"But on the other side, I am very satisfied with our performance.

"Swansea City are a very difficult team to play against, especially at the Liberty."

Earlier on in the campaign, draws were probably a more positive feeling for Everton than they are now. A matter of weeks ago, it would have felt like another point on the board - a bit more breathing space.

Having won their three Premier League games prior to their trip to South Wales, Everton certainly had some late season momentum, and it looked like continuing when they took a lead through Aaron Lennon against the Swans.

Mentality can have a lot to do with momentum. Getting something out of games but to feel a little deflated is not a particularly bad thing, it shows that Martinez's side have something resembling positive momentum back - they have been a bit more dogged in their wins in recent weeks over the likes of Southampton and Queens Park Rangers.

If they can finish the season strongly, it will perhaps lead to a good start to the next campaign.

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