Wigan manager Roberto Martinez breathed a sigh of belief after his side finally got their season up and running with a 3-0 Carling Cup win at Hartlepool.
Second-half goals from Jordi Gomez and Victor Moses added to an early own goal by Sam Collins to give the final scoreline a slightly flattering look.
Martinez said: "I am very pleased with many aspects. We showed energy and performance and we are starting to do things we were working on in the summer.
"In the Premier League we've been doing good things but at the wrong time. In this game we did it at the right time and we are slowly gelling together."
Martinez brought on wantaway striker Charles N'Zogbia for the last 11 minutes and insisted he had no new information about the player's future.
Martinez added: "Nobody knows - it's the nature of the transfer window. I think it's ridiculous to be in the start of the campaign playing competitive games and the window isn't even closed. At the moment we have a couple of players who are a little bit up in the air. They don't know where their future lies and that is going to affect you but that is the nature of the game."