Coventry City favourite Callum O’Hare was delighted to get off the mark in the Championship with a goal and a win against QPR.
The 22-year-old looks right at home in the second tier after joining the Sky Blues on a permanent deal from Aston Villa this summer, following up his impressive season-long loan in League One.
And he’s convinced the squad has the same winning mentality and team spirit that helped them gain promotion last term.
“I have really enjoyed the tempo at this level, which is a bit quicker than League One and the players are a little bit better,” he said.
“It’s a great standard and it’s great to be playing in it.
“I think we are all adapting.
“We had a winning mentality last year and that’s not going to go overnight. It’s a tougher division but we’re a great side and we need to show that.
“The team spirit is exactly the same as last year and the winning mentality and belief is always going to be there with this team.”
As for the secret to that spirit in the camp, the exciting forward said: “I just think, honestly, everyone just loves each other in the dressing room.
“You can see that on the pitch because everyone wants to fight for each other and play for each other, and with the coaching staff and manager we are all a tight-knit group.”
That spirit was there to see on Friday night when City came from behind against Rangers and went on to win the game 3-2 at St Andrew’s.
“The first win is massive. I thought we were unlucky against Bristol but we got the win against QPR.
“It was good to get the win on the board and it was a good second half performance, so I am really happy.
“I thought we were a bit off it in the first half but we sussed it out and got much better in the second half.
“The goal we scored just before the break was massive because we thought to ourselves that we could do this and we hadn’t really played that well, so it was a big boost.
“I think we showed great character to come back and get the win.
“I was buzzing to get off the mark and hopefully there will be plenty more this season.
“I had another chance, but maybe next game.”
Asked about City’s record at St Andrew’s, where they only lost one game in the league all last season, he said: “It’s our fortress and when we come here we believe we can win every time.
“We know it’s not our home but at the minute we have to treat it like that and just play to win.”