Sunderland manager Steve Bruce felt his troops fully deserved their late 2-0 away win over Bolton.
The Black Cats dominated after half-time, but needed late goals from Stephane Sessegnon and Nicklas Bendtner to clinch the points.
The visitors won 11 corners to Bolton's two and Bruce cannot remember the last time his side were so dominant away from home.
Next up for Sunderland is Aston Villa and Bruce is keen for his troops to build on the win and make it back-to-back successes.
"Today is one of those days that we've thoroughly deserved it," Bruce told Sky Sports.
"We've rarely played badly all season. We've probably played badly once, which was Norwich.
"We've not got the results that our performances have justified. Today, hopefully things have changed and turned around.
"We had so much pressure. I can't remember being away from home and being so dominant against another Premier League team.
"We had masses of corners, free-kicks and shots on target. We needed that killer touch and thankfully Sessegnon has popped up and we finished it off at the death.
"We've got a big game now at home to Villa. We've given ourselves a nice platform. If you can go back-to-back it's a great thing."
The Reebok encounter marked the first Premier League start for youngster Connor Wickham and Bruce feels he has a bright future.
"I thought the longer the game went on the better he became," he continued. "I think everyone watching the game today could see the talent of the lad.
"It was important that we protected him. It's important that he is ready. We've tried to bring him into the club and give him three or four months so he can assess what the North East is like and what it's like to play in the Premier League.
"If that's anything to go by he's got a big future."