West Bromwich Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo hailed his players for bouncing back from their opening-day thrashing with victory over Sunderland on Saturday.
Albion were humbled 6-0 at Chelsea on their return to the Premier League last week and were in need of a morale-boosting result at the Hawthorns.
That was achieved thanks to a winning goal from debutant Peter Odemwingie nine minutes from time, and Di Matteo felt it was nothing less than his team deserved.
"We were looking for a reaction from the players and I think they responded very well," Di Matteo said. "It was a great performance and a deserved win.
"We kept a clean sheet, we scored the goal and maybe could have scored a second one.
"But you can't ask for more from your players - they played a very good game against a good team in Sunderland and now we have got points."
The only dampener for the Baggies was an ankle injury sustained by Jerome Thomas, who was substituted at half-time and will be assessed over the next few days.
Otherwise, it was a good day at the office for the newly-promoted side, with Odemwingie looking lively on his first appearance, just 24 hours after his transfer from Lokomotiv Moscow had been confirmed.
The Nigeria forward was immediately in the thick of the action and missed the target when clean through with just eight minutes gone.
He also saw a powerful strike rebound off Paulo Da Silva with quarter of an hour remaining, but made no mistake in the 81st minute as he collected James Morrison's pass and slid a low shot under Black Cats goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.