Villa's ice-cool defender Olof Mellberg proved he is just as in control when attacking the goal with a sweetly taken strike against Middlesbrough.
The Swedish International's first goal of the season helped Villa cruise to what in the end was a relatively comfortable 3-0 win over their Teesside opponents.
Mellberg was delighted to have got off the mark with such finesse - striking the ball with the outside of his foot.
He said: "The last couple of goals I have scored have been with my feet rather than my head and certainly the last couple for my national team Sweden have been with my feet. I was pleased with that strike but even more pleased to be contributing for Aston Villa."
The new Villa right-back said he was now relishing playing Villa's next two opponents - Blackburn at Ewood Park on Wednesday night and then Arsenal at Villa Park on Saturday evening - both involving teams he likes to score against.
He said: "It was just nice to get a goal as it has been a while but it was important too - really important - that it is not just the strikers who provide goals but the midfielders and defenders too ."
Mellberg, who joins Martin Laursen and Zat Knight on the list of Villa defenders turned goal poachers added: "When the strikers are not scoring goals we can help them out. When we get a few goals as well it eases the pressure.
"It is nice if the defenders can get a few goals. That is six goals between us now this season so it helps.
"It is good that we are getting results now even when we are not playing at our best. We have beaten Derby County, Blues and Boro now in a row and while we might not have been on top of our game for a whole 90 minutes in each of those matches, the results have come.
"It is a sign of a strong team when you are winning and securing points even when you are not on top of your game.
"I thought against Boro we didn't play well at all and we didn't create that much but you need to at least try and be solid. Then we raised our game in the second half."
Mellberg, who is expected to finalise a new Villa contract soon, said he felt Villa's England players had handled the fall-out of that defeat to Croatia in the European 2008 Championships and had been able to focus on the job in hand at Villa on Saturday.
Mellberg's Sweden did make it through to next year's tournament in Austria and Switzerland making him one of the few Internationals to return home happy last week.
He said: "Obviously memories of that defeat for those England players who were involved will not go away and you feel for the players who did not qualify.
"For those players what could have been will always be in the back of their minds. But I think they showed that they coping and they did really well against Boro which shows strength and character."