After taking another step towards the final of the League Cup, after beating Middlesbrough, Baines says Everton is filled with excitement.
Baines made is return, after being sidelined for seven months with a knee injury, coming on in the 17th minute.
Everton have made a show of remaining unbeaten since October 24 and after the loss to Arsenal.
“We are excited about where we are at the moment and we are looking forward,” the 30-year-old told Everton TV.
“This [cup] run is something we are all excited about – you could see that in the way we played and the support we brought up.
“There are no easy rides and we are prepared for that. We are made up to be in the [semi-final] draw.
“We are not far off from where we want to be in the league as well. We are a few good results away from getting back in the mix for the European positions and there is no better time to hit form than now over the Christmas period.”
Baines admitted he was relieved to finally return to the first-team fold after suffering a setback in his recovery earlier in the campaign.
“It was great to get back out on the pitch,” he said. “It has been a long time for me â€“ it is getting on for seven months now since I last played any competitive football – so it is nice to be involved.”