An air of confidence was brought back to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday after Manchester City breezed past Bournemouth in a comfortable 5-1 victory.
The resounding result was just what the Sky Blues needed ahead of some very tricky fixtures - with such positivity, however, came the urge for one player to finally establish himself in a City shirt.
That man was Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian, 26, bagged a brace in the Citizens' masterclass, emulating glimpses of his form at Swansea.
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The Ivorian's hold up play, link ups with Raheem Sterling and finishing were impressive - a great sign for the January signing, who is still yet to kickstart his career in Manchester.
According to Bony, though, there is profound a reason for his slow start and absence from City's pre-season tour of Asia.
Bony was diagnosed with malaria after a visit to his homeland following the close of last season, according to BBC Sport.
Speaking in a post-match interview after his brace, the former Hoffenheim striker said: "I got malaria from Africa when I was coming back but I'm okay now.
"I feel I have turned the corner, I have had a lot of injuries and been sick, and feel that is all away from me now.
"I just want to do my job, do my best in training and score when I get the chance in the match. Every striker is happy when he scores, especially when the team wins."
Bony's return to goalscoring form will prove a great sign for the Citizens and just what they need following the injuries of talismanic pair Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
However, the question remains whether Bony can repeat his storming performance against Bournemouth on the bigger stage when Manuel Pellegrini's men face Sevilla in the Champions League on Wednesday and Manchester United next weekend.