Sunderland defender John O'Shea couldn't hide his delight following the emphatic 4-0 victory over Stoke City yesterday.
The Black Cats have endured a difficult start to the Barclays Premier League season, with draws at Liverpool and Swansea all Steve Bruce's side had to show for their early-season efforts.
However, things changed in dramatic fashion as the Wearside outfit tripled their goal-tally for the season, and it was a home debut to remember at the Stadium of Light for the former Manchester United player.
"It was the perfect game. We spoke before the game about attitude and how to approach Stoke, who'd had a fantastic start to the season," O'Shea told the official Sunderland website.
"We know the ability in the team - the manager is putting together a good squad here. We played some fantastic football and scored some great goals.
"We have faith in what the manager and the coaches were telling us. We just have to be brave and bold on the pitch and we did that today."
The victory eased the pressure on manager Bruce, who had been coming in for some criticism at this early stage of the season after a lackluster start to the campaign.
Sunderland were able to take advantage of the Potters' midweek European adventure in the Ukraine, and O'Shea, who wore the captain's armband Sunday, believes that getting the crowd behind the team was key to securing a comfortable victory.
"Scoring the goals gives the team a lot of confidence. The early goal helped us massively - Stoke have been away to Kiev and I know from playing in Europe that you can be sluggish in that first 20 minutes," he concluded.
"We had to get the crowd up as well and once we got that first goal there was no looking back."
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