Manchester City manager Mark Hughes was delighted to see striker Valeri Bojinov back in action and back among the goals after a serious knee injury.
The 22-year-old Bulgaria international made just three appearances in his first season with the Citizens, before suffering knee ligament damage in the derby against Manchester United nearly a year ago.
However, Bojinov headed home in the 2-2 pre-season clash with Stockport County to mark his return to action in some style.
Hughes told the club's official website: "We're absolutely delighted that he's come back into the team and scored a goal.
"It was great for him that he was up at the end with our fans as well for his goal. You can see he relates to them and they relate to him.
"He plays with a smile on his face and we were all delighted when we saw the ball rest in the back of the net.
"He's going to be a real plus for us this season and we've got big hopes that he's going to come back and be bigger, faster and stronger.
"His work in training has been really explosive and dynamic and I think once he gets match fitness that will help us."