After putting in another near-faultless display at the heart of the Blues' defence, the Frenchman was unfortunate to provide the crucial deflection that carried the ball over Tim Howard's despairing dive and into the net to hand Spurs what looked to be an undeserved winner.
But in the aftermath of what turned into a thrilling victory, Distin lauded the self-belief that's ingrained in the squad at the moment.
"We always believe we can win and we proved it again," the 34 year-old said. "We were unfortunate with the goal we conceded but we never stopped believing and we always kept fighting.
"We don't have to think about it, that is the mentality at Everton and after two weeks at the club that is how you behave because you follow the rest of the squad.
"Whether we are 1-0 down or 2-0 up, we play from the first second to the last second.
He credits much of that to the mindset of manager David Moyes.
"When you join a club like Everton it feels like home after two weeks and it comes naturally - if not you have the gaffer on your back at the end of the game and you don't want that."
Despite the supporters being on cloud nine following yesterday's heroics at Goodison, Distin isn't getting carried away, insisting that at the very least Everton have to get through the Christmas programme into the New Year before their league position will start to become meaningful.
"It doesn't mean a lot to us now," he said. "It is obviously better to be there than in the bottom four but it is too early.
"The more time goes and more you stay in this position then the more you start to believe.
"But I can't see any easy games. Every game is important and we are really focused on what we want to do."
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