Tony Pulis believes he laid the foundations for Plymouth's excellent start to the campaign.
The Stoke boss opted to return to The Britannia Stadium over the summer after less than a year in charge of The Pilgrims.
During his short spell with Plymouth, Pulis led the Home Park side to a mid-table finish in The Championship.
Ian Holloway has guided Plymouth to within three points of second place this season and Pulis is delighted to see his former side continuing to climb the table.
"The main fact (in going back to Stoke) was Peter Coates the chairman, it was nothing against Plymouth Argyle," Pulis told Sky Sports News.
"I came to Plymouth and they were struggling and I hope they appreciate the job I've done there.
"Ian has taken over, he's had a fantastic start and no-one is more pleased than me."
Pulis has taken his Stoke squad to the Royal Marine Commando Training Centre at Lympstone during the international break.
While admitting the Lympstone is not the usual mid-season break for footballers, Pulis is happy with the find.
"It was an opportunity to take the lads away. I know people have gone over to Spain, but we've heard about this place," Pulis said.
"It's fantastic for team-building down here with how the marines set things up for you."
Defender Danny Higginbotham admits his time with the Royal Marines has woken him up to how lucky he is to be playing football for a living.
Higginbotham added: "I think we are fortunate in this business, playing football all day in, day out.
"You come here and realise how much hard work the lads here do. It's been good, it's been enjoyable and I think it really makes you appreciate things."