Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said it was important to follow up their dramatic qualification for the Champions League last 16 in midweek with victory against Burnley in the league.
The Londoners needed Lucas Moura’s 85th-minute equaliser at Barcelona on Tuesday to earn a spot in the knockout round, and another late strike on Saturday meant they keep up the pressure on the Premier League’s top two.
This time it was substitute Christian Eriksen who came to their rescue when he slammed his shot past Joe Hart in the 91st minute.
“It is a very good week for us and a fantastic win for us today,” Pochettino told BBC’s Match of the Day. “It is so important to be focused and try to keep our energy.
“After the Barcelona game and qualifying for the next stage of the Champions League, it is difficult to find the way to perform like this.
“Today I congratulate my players’ effort and the fans. It was a late victory but so important for us.”
It looked as if the Clarets would come away with a deserved point following a tremendous defensive display. They limited Spurs to a handful of clear-cut chances, with Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min both going close, while Hart produced a magnificent save to deny Erik Lamela.
The victory moves third-placed Spurs to 39 points and within three of Liverpool in second. Burnley remain in 17th with 12 points – two points above the relegation zone.
Perseverance paid off for Tottenham in midweek and it did so again against Burnley.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men tried several combinations to unlock the visiting defence, but time and time again they were thwarted. Most of their forays broke down on the edge of the area.
They did, though, break through on a handful of occasions, with Moura and substitute Son going close. The Brazilian, the hero against the Catalans last Tuesday, poked a volley wide before Son’s angled drive just missed Hart’s far post.
In between those two chances, Hart pulled off a superb stop to deny Lamela.
With seconds remaining Pochettino, wearing a woolly hat in wet Wembley conditions, looked a beaten man until one of his generals raised his spirits and brought the home support to their feet.
It was striker Harry Kane the provider, as he laid the ball into the path of Eriksen, who fired his shot beyond the reach of Hart.