Vincent Kompany believes Manchester City have already taken a step forward in the new season after seeing off Brighton and Hove Albion in their Premier League opener.
City saw numerous waves of attack break up as a stubborn Brighton defence held out until the 70th minute when Dale Stephens' error in possession opened up space for Sergio Aguero to score.
Lewis Dunk's own-goal soon after gave City a comfortable margin of victory in an opening weekend that has seen Arsenal concede three at home to Leicester, Liverpool draw at Watford and champions Chelsea lose to Burnley.
Failing to win against the likes of Leicester, Stoke and Middlesbrough contributed to City's title charge fizzling out last term and, having once again been installed as pre-season favourites, Kompany believes new-found patience and grit make Pep Guardiola's side a greater threat.
The skipper told BT Sport: "We had to be patient first half, they were defending really well. They were organised and you could see they had a clear game plan, but we've got quality and eventually it made the difference.
"Talking about attacking options - we know it in training of course because we have to face [Aguero] every day.
"But the season is going to be long and today was an improvement on a lot of things we did last season.
"We had a five-minute spell where we were under pressure. We put our bodies in we made some important tackles and eventually we got the goal because we were patient.
"Ultimately [we have] a lot of positive things to take from this game and we kind of built on the pre-season we had."
Guardiola plumped for a 3-5-2 system, with Aguero and Gabriel Jesus paired in attack, while Kyle Walker and Danilo provided wide support from wing-back.
The former Tottenham man was named man-of-the match for a persistent display on the right flank and was happy to begin his City career on a winning note.
"We knew what their game plan was going to be - to sit back and defend," he added.
"Probably a draw would have been good result for them but we needed a win. Opening day of season, it's always good to get off to a good start so we're happy."
On the change between life under Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino, he added: "It's different. They both have their certain way of managing and how they want to play but it's positive.
"I'm enjoying working with the lads, everyone's been welcoming. Being at one club for eight, nine years it's a big change for me but I'm enjoying my football.
"I'm enjoying my football and it's better to play with a smile on your face."
|Alonso is the most complete driver in F1, says Button|
|Alonso to stay with McLaren|
|Nets guard Jeremy Lin out for season with ruptured patella tendon|
|Coles hails retiring Moore as ´one of the greats´|
|Benteke progressing ´ahead of schedule´|
|Ancelotti to Leicester unlikely, says Clement|
|Berdych´s World Tour Finals chances ended by back injury|
|Dyche not aware of any approach amid Leicester speculation|
|I love you, take my watch! – How Arnautovic earned a special gift from Mourinho|
|Hafeez reported for suspect bowling action|
|´Surprised´ Appleton calls for Foxes focus after Shakespeare sacking|
|Harris: Stokes should follow Warner´s example|
|Brighton boss Hughton feels ´unacceptable´ behaviour remains in football|
|Markram replaces rested Amla for final ODI|
|Benzema ´very happy´ at Real Madrid amid Arsenal rumours|
|Azpilicueta admits to low mood in Chelsea camp|
|Lozowski ends exit talk by signing Saracens extension|
|Button reveals where he plans to race in 2018|
|Bacca: I played for the worst AC Milan in history|
|I don´t want the dog meat, I want the dog himself - Saunders targeting Golovkin or Canelo|
|Aluko ´100 per cent´ in England contention, says interim boss|
|Injured Napoli striker Milik hints at loan move|
|Dortmund not expecting Reus exit|
|Neymar plans to emulate Messi by mentoring Mbappe|
|Mourinho still unclear on fitness of Pogba and Fellaini|
|Wests Tigers centre Idris retires at 27|
|Sodhi replaces injured Astle in New Zealand´s ODI squad|
|Heynckes happy with Muller form|
|Kane describes Ronaldo as ´role model´ following shirt swap|
|PSG star Mbappe: Monaco need time|
|I have full support of Everton board, claims Koeman|
|England have the right balance for Ashes - Bairstow|
|Thomas pulls clear in South Korea|
|Timberwolves, 76ers fall in anticipated openers|
|Cubs stay alive, Yankees poised to reach World Series|
|Girardi calls Tanaka ´special´ after game five masterpiece|
|Cubs´ Maddon ejected after umpires reverse controversial call|
|Brown hails ´exceptional´ Simmons after 76ers debut|
|Wilshere: Arsenal´s character can´t be questioned|
|Simmons replaces Rodda as Hunt misses out for Wallabies|
|No-one can compete with Messi – Bartomeu|
|Brennan named Titans coach|
|Man United risk losing identity under Mourinho – Bellamy|
|Hayward delivers message to Celtics fans from hospital bed|
|Valverde hopes Messi scores 200th European goal this season|
|Storm, Cowboys to meet in round three in 2018|
|Dodgers´ Roberts all too familiar with historic 3-0 comebacks|
|Maddon on staving off elimination: Cubs have to start hitting ball|
|Stop worrying about Chelsea – Conte hits back at Mourinho|
|Roma better than Chelsea, says Nainggolan|
|Bemelmans stuns Kyrgios in Antwerp, Sock back on track in Stockholm|
|Basel coach Wicky demands more focus|
|Heynckes calls for patience from Bayern´s reserve stars|
|Emery calls for PSG improvement despite perfect start|
|Pique handball instinctive, says Barcelona boss Valverde|
|Dzeko was born to score – Di Francesco|
|Lemonis rues Olympiacos collapse against 10-man Barca|
|Rodgers: Individual class inhibiting Celtic|
|David Luiz experiment failed, admits Conte|
|Banvit claim first win as Petrol Olimpija run out of gas|
|Allegri not impressed despite crucial win|
|Svilar risks a lot – Mourinho was aware of Benfica youngster´s shortcomings|
|We played better against Atletico – Hazard|
|Job done for Mbappe and PSG after another big win|
|Colts QB Luck suffers setback in recovery from shoulder injury|
|Simeone maintains ´absolute´ belief in Atletico despite Qarabag draw|
|Mladenovic slump continues in Moscow, Kontaveit crashes out in Luxembourg|
|Louisville fires AD Tom Jurich amid pay-for-play scandal|
|CSKA Moscow 0 Basel 2: Xhaka, Oberlin do the damage|
|Juventus 2 Sporting CP 1: Late Mandzukic intervention saves wasteful Bianconeri|