Birmingham boss Alex McLeish was a happy man after seeing his side serve up a first Premier League victory for the club's new owners.
With Carson Yeung and his board of directors watching from the stands, City roared into a 2-0 lead against Sunderland and then survived a belated fightback to ensure that the new regime's reign could celebrate a win in their second match since taking over.
A delighted McLeish said: "The whole Birmingham City ethos, the fans, the players, everybody associated with the club, it was very important for us.
"It was good. I am pleased for the owners, I am pleased for Carson Yeung and (vice-chairman of football) Sammy (Yu).
"They are absolutely ecstatic, and so they should be because it was a great home start for them in what was a thoroughly deserved victory."
He added: "We were 2-0 up against Liverpool two seasons ago and there was a bit of deja vu. But the thing about this squad is I believe there's a bit more resilience than two years ago. We are persevering right to the very end, we are showing that real strength of character when under the cosh."