Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has heaped praise on his expensively assembled side following their 2-0 victory at Wigan Athletic on Sunday.
Carlos Tevez opened the scoring just before the break as he chipped over the advancing Ali Al Habsi before turning provider for Yaya Toure, who secured all three points with his first goal for the club as the Citizens jumped from 13th to fourth in the table with their second success of the campaign.
The win was crucial ahead of next weekend's pivotal test with champions and league leaders Chelsea at Eastlands and Mancini was delighted that his men adapted to the troublesome conditions at the DW Stadium.
He said: "We played a good game. It wasn't easy because Wigan played very well and aggressive.
"The pitch was very hard and difficult to play on.
"The first goal was very important for us. The goal changed the match.
"Against Sunderland and Blackburn we had chances to score goals, so when Tevez scored, it obviously changed the game.
"We never took any risks and never gave away any chances at the back, which I was very pleased about.
"We played better in the second half than the first."