Dougie Freedman is surprised at how quickly Crystal Palace have adopted to his way of thinking after a 1-0 win over Ipswich which left Paul Jewell ruing a 'flat' performance.
Patrick McCarthy slammed home Palace's winner early in the second half to send the Eagles soaring to third in the Championship.
And a jubilant Freedman said: "It's surprised me, how well we're doing and how quickly the players have picked things up.
"We're trying to mould a new team and things are taking shape quicker than I thought.
"We come into work every day and work hard to improve, as people, players and coaches, and we're all heading in that direction together."
Freedman paid tribute to "unlikely hero" McCarthy.
"He's our captain and he stands for everything I believe in," said the Scot. "His attitude is fantastic, he's got good values in life, he's a good leader and he leads by example.
"He's got pretty much everything I look for in a captain.
"I felt as long as we stayed on the front foot and kept creating chances the goal would come.
"Ipswich had on an off day because I've seen them before this season and they've been better than that.
"With the players they've got, I strongly believe they'll be in the top six, so to come here and win was very pleasing."
Blues boss Paul Jewell said: "We didn't perform. Palace have got pace in abundance and played well, but we didn't cause them any problems. We looked flat.
"We didn't move the ball quickly enough and didn't have options. We were playing in straight lines and don't want to go back to that.
"People have been saying nice things about us but I've been saying 'keep a lid on it' because there's a long way to go this season."