Darren Bent compared yesterday's experience to a first day at school as he and the team looked to make an impression on new manager Harry Redknapp.
And the striker certainly did that, coming off the bench to seal a 2-0 win over Bolton Wanderers from the penalty spot.
Darren admits it was a strange experience for the lads having gone about their normal preparations the day before the match not knowing a new man would be at the helm come kick-off time.
But there could be no doubting the improved performance that helped them to a first league win of the season.
"It was almost like a first day at school because all the players wanted to impress him, and we did that with a good win," said ‘Benty'.
"It was difficult circumstances in which to go into a game having only found out the night before what had happened.
"But sometimes you've got to move forward if things aren't working and Harry's come in and had an instant impact."
On his fifth goal of the season, the striker added: "It's always nice to get on the pitch and get a goal, but the main thing was that the team won, and we did that."