Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez was a pleased man despite seeing his troops held to a 1-1 home draw with Bolton Wanderers.
Hugo Rodallega's neat finish put the home side ahead although Johan Elmander secured a share of the spoils with a leveller soon after.
Wigan were not the quickest out of the blocks, however, the Spanish tactician was pleased they got their game together and continued to improve after half time.
Martinez was particularly pleased with their abilty to keep Bolton's attack quiet and the combinations his troops are now showing.
"There wasn't a lot of quality in the first 20 minutes, just passion. In the last 25 minutes we finished really strongly and you could see that the goal was coming," said Martinez.
"I was very, very pleased with some parts of our play. I was extremely proud of our second half performance.
"You could see some very good combinations. They play between, (Ronnie) Stam, (Charles) N'Zogbia and (Mohamed) Diame and the other side with (Jordi) Gomez and Rodallega and (Franco) Di Santo.
"After we scored the goal there is a five-minute period where you have to know what to do to try and impose yourself.
"The chances we created and the way we limited an effective Bolton side was good. You have to give them credit. Without playing well they can always score goals.
"In terms of the performance I'm really, really proud. The result as well. We'll carry on working."
One negative on the day was the ankle injury suffered by James McCarthy and Martinez is crossing his fingers the injury is nothing serious.
The former Hamilton midfielder was stretchered off after being tackled by Fabrice Muamba and has been sent to the hospital for scans.
"At the moment he's gone to the hospital," he continued. "We'll get the results in the next 24 hours.
"It doesn't look good. It's his right ankle. It's a real football shame. He's been performing in a very special manner.
"Muamba intended to play the ball. He's young, he's very, very fit and we hope it's not as serious as it looked."