Manchester City launched themselves into what they hope will be a golden era with a 2-0 victory at Blackburn.
Emmanuel Adebayor set them on their way, lashing home Shaun Wright-Phillips' cut-back after just three minutes.
Then, with stoppage time approaching Stephen Ireland popped up to fire home after a mazy solo burst.
In between, City were forced to survive periods of intense Rovers pressure.
But with Kolo Toure in fine form and Shay Given making excellent saves to deny Chris Samba and Jason Roberts, City were able to celebrate their success.