Manchester United defender Phil Jones believes the victory against Norwich City on Saturday was a mark of their title credentials.
The 19-time English league champions were forced to work hard for their 2-0 win against the Canaries, eventually breaking down Paul Lambert's side with second-half goals from Anderson and Danny Welbeck.
Unsurprisingly, the clean sheet provided Jones with the most pleasure at Old Trafford, and the young England defender admitted it was a big win following the 3-3 midweek disappointment against FC Basel.
"It was a difficult game. Norwich came here with a game-plan and stuck to it," Jones told MUTV post-match.
"It made it difficult for us to break them down but we showed signs of champions today in getting two goals late on. It's a big win for us.
"As champions, football fans expect you to turn up and be the best every week, but we know football isn't like that and it was proved today. Norwich's game-plan worked well for them before we broke them down in the end.
"They made it difficult and we had to be patient, that's what the manager said at half-time - move the ball quicker but be patient."
On the opposition, Jones echoed the sentiments of manager Sir Alex Ferguson in admitting some lively strikers kept United on their toes throughout the match.
However, the summer signing from Blackburn revealed confidence is high in the Red Devils camp, and that even though injuries have prevented them from sticking with a set back four, the players are willing to switch positions when needed for the cause.
"They're dangerous with a few good players up front who are sharp and lively. We had to watch out for that - perhaps I was needed too many times, when I wasn't expected to be, but that's what I'm there for," he continued.
"It's been difficult not having a settled back-four all season but all the lads are capable of switching around and it again shows the sign of champions, coming into positions and still proving you're good enough."