Brighton summer signing Craig Mackail-Smith believes the seasiders are settling well into the Npower Championship, after the side made it three back-to-back wins in the second tier on Saturday.
The Seagulls continue to ride on a wave of success at their new Amex Stadium, following up promotion as champions of Npower League One last year with three wins out of three this term after victories over Doncaster, Gillingham and now Portsmouth after the 1-0 win at Fratton Park.
And Mackail-Smith, who scored the winner against Portsmouth, believes the side, as well as him personally, are getting a good grip on what it takes to be a top team in the division.
"We've been fantastic in the two games. We've had to dig deep. I think we've learnt a lot about what the Championship is like compared to League One and this will definitely stand us in good stead for the next couple of weeks,” Mackail-Smith said.
"They were a big, strong team and most of them in this league will be big and strong. I think we have learnt to deal with it well and hopefully we can start implementing our own football and scoring a few more goals."
Mackail-Smith was the big summer signing by manager Gus Poyet in the transfer window, with the former Peterborough striker signing for a club record fee of £3.25 million.
But the 27-year-old is making his intentions clear at Brighton, and clearly has one eye on taking the Albion to the Barclays Premier League.
“There was interest from the Premier League but it wasn’t meant to be,” Mackail-Smith said of previous speculation about his future.
“I feel I made the right decision and I think we have the capabilities to be in the shake-up come the end.”