Coventry City 3 Queens Park Rangers 0
The notion of Coventry City regaining their cherished Premiership status has been a long way from reality during the four barren seasons following relegation.
It seemed no nearer a week ago when the Micky Adams' men played so woefully at Burnley, going down 4-0.
But just seven days later the Sky Blue world looks a whole lot brighter and there was real optimism in the air after this result.
Not only had City recorded their first win of the season, they had played their opening game at their new home, the £113 million Ricoh Arena.
It is certainly a stage fit for the Premiership but delivering a building, however large and impressive, is a more logical and predictable process than constructing a football team.
But this was a Coventry side which possessed real drive and determination, allied with no shortage of ability. Adams changed personnel and formation in a bid to bring something more productive and it worked more effectively than even the manager could have hoped.
Gone was Stern John after a series of embarrassingly lack-lustre performances. The former Birmingham man gave the impression in the first three games of the season that he would rather be elsewhere - but it is doubtful if he had the stands in mind.
In came loan signing Willo Flood and Claus Jorgensen, while Jamie Scowcroft move inside to partner Dele Adebola.
The combination worked very well indeed, with Scowcroft acting as the perfect foil for Adebola, often dropping deep and providing good quality supply.
The game even had a spectacular opening goal. After just 12 minutes Gary McSheffrey crossed perfectly for Jorgensen to throw himself - Keith Houchen-style - and
power a header in past goalkeeper Simon Royce.
Rangers, unbeaten after three games, were missing several key players and those shortcomings were exposed. Twelve minutes later, Adebola chased a seemingly lost cause, turned a defender on the by-line and squeezed in a shot between keeper and near post.
Coventry had managed two shots on target and scored with both.
Still a third goal was needed and it came right on the stroke of half-time when Dominic Shimmin sliced a clearance against his own post and the ball bounced up perfectly for Adebola.
Any hopes of Rangers recovering to spoil the day were ruled out when defender Dan Shittu was spotted grabbing Adebola's shirt and the striker burst through again. The City striker did go down too easily but there was no question of contact and Shittu became the first bather in the new dressing rooms after being shown the red card.
It emerged after the game, that Rangers had upset Coventry when the two had met in a pre-season tournament in Spain. Perhaps they should be irked a little more often.
Adebola said: "When they celebrated in Ibiza it riled a few of the lads and maybe a few words were exchanged before the game. It was not major but it got us fired up.
"Playing at the Ricoh Arena was a great advantage," he added. "The fans were all up for it and it made for a great atmosphere.
"We scored a very good first goal. The ball whizzed past me in the box and Claus just flung himself at the ball and it flew in.
"We needed the win. At this stage in the season we are struggling for sharpness but the fans and the new ground lifted us and gave us an extra 20 per cent."