Juan Mata and Gary Cahill declared themselves pleased that John Terry will retain the Chelsea captaincy and were delighted to come through a tough test against Tottenham Hotspur as 4-2 winners.
Former England skipper Terry was suspended for four matches and fined £220,000 by the Football Association for racially abusing Anton Ferdinand during a Premier League game between QPR and Chelsea 12 months ago, but chairman Bruce Buck confirmed on Saturday he would keep the armband.
Cahill impressed in Terry's absence as he netted the opener at White Hart Lane, while Mata hit a double and Daniel Sturridge added a late goal as the Blues continued their fine start to the season.
The pair were both perfectly happy with the news of Terry, with Cahill telling Sky Sports: "Fantastic, I didn't really expect any other outcome to be honest. He has been captain for many years."
Mata added: "He is a great team-mate and a really good guy."
Regarding the clash with Tottenham, Cahill said: "It was a tough game and coming away from home it was a fantastic result.
"Just to keep the momentum going I think, we've started the season well."
Mata said: "They came back very well in the 10 minutes but as a team we always believe in our qualities.
"Two goals is enough so I'm very happy today. We need to keep going and keep training hard."