Matt Lowton wants Burnley to keep laying down foundations for a top-flight future by finishing the season strongly.
The Clarets’ fighting goalless draw at Middlesbrough on Saturday lifted them back up to 12th-place in the Premier League – eight points clear of the bottom three with six games to go.
That contrasts sharply with Boro’s position in the drop-zone after Sean Dyche’s men extended the Teessiders winless run to 14 games.
And Lowton believes their current position shows how the Clarets have continued to progress since the two clubs were promoted together last season as they bid to establish themselves among the elite.
The defender said: “We’ve come a long way since we’ve come up.
“Being in the Premier League in two of the last three seasons has helped as a club and the signings we have made have strengthened the team that won the Championship, so we are going from strength to strength and hopefully we can keep going.
“We won’t stop. We want to finish as high as we can. There’s no reason why we can’t be in and around a mid-table position and set our stall out, hopefully, for the next couple of years, at least, in the Premier League.”
The Clarets could have secured a first away success of the campaign as they took the game to Boro after the break.
But Middlesbrough’s desperate fight for survival saw them create a couple of late chances, with Burnley indebted to Lowton for two goalline clearances.
The first saw the right-back reacted superbly to head away a Stewart Downing free-kick as he made sure the Clarets would keep a second successive clean sheet to underline their desire to keep out of trouble.
“We know Downing’s quality so I had a little talk with Heats and he said drop on the line and I just tried to get my body in the way,” Lowton added.
“Earlier on in the season we had one against Hull and we said afterwards we should have maybe put someone on the line, so it’s paid us back this time.
“They are fighting for their lives so they put it on us a bit late on. But I thought we created a few chances ourselves and a point is obviously a lot better for us at this stage.”