Manchester City coach David Platt was quick to salute the Blues' patience and the showing of Samir Nasri in their 5-1 victory over Norwich.
City ensured that they avoided any potential banana skin against the Premier League newcomers with a convincing display at the Etihad Stadium that keeps them proudly perched at the top of the table.
Sergio Aguero, Nasri, Yaya Toure, Mario Balotelli and Adam Johnson were all on target as Roberto Mancini's league leaders swept the Canaries aside.
Platt admits the City coaching staff were delighted with the display, with the players having kept their composure when things were not going their way during a goalless opening half-an-hour.
"Full credit to them, they got men behind the ball and didn't want to open up too early," said Platt.
"It was always going to take a bit of brilliance in a tight area to open the game up. We know we have got that kind of player out there.
"You can get frustrated sat on the bench thinking 'we need to do this', but it was only a matter of time if we kept moving the ball and kept moving it around."
City have now netted 48 times in 14 Premier League fixtures this term, but Platt knows it is points not performances that win prizes.
"Goals are irrelevant, as long as we get the points and we keep getting them," he said.
"People automatically assume that we are going to score five, six, seven, eight goals when we come up against these teams, but we take one if there is no reply because that gives you three points all the same."
Platt has also paid tribute to French playmaker Nasri for the manner in which he has handled a recent run of testing games.
He said: "Samir has played the majority of the game against Liverpool, went down to the Emirates (against Arsenal) and played in that game and also played in this one as well. Today he looked very bright, I thought.
"His goal is a great ball in, but the goalkeeper is probably going to be a bit disappointed that it has gone in. But it was a terrific ball in and I thought his all round performance was very good.
"When he plays with that kind of zest, when he wants to go and hurt people, he's a real force to be reckoned with. We haven't been disappointed with him."