Harry Redknapp described the squad's attitude and application in China as 'top class' after lifting the Barclays Asia Trophy on Friday.
Two goals from Robbie Keane and a late strike from Aaron Lennon secured the trophy with a 3-0 win against Hull City at the Worker's Stadium in Beijing.
The performance was all the more impressive considering it was only 48 hours after dominating in a similar fashion against West Ham in the intense heat and humidity of Beijing.
"The lads have worked hard and showed a great attitude in both games," recflected Harry.
"I couldn't have asked for more - they've been top class in the way they've behaved and the way they've played. They've been a pleasure to be with out here.
"It was great to come and win the tournament and play well against two good teams from the Premier League. It's been well-organised, we've enjoyed the trip and it's been good for us."
Harry raised a smile when it was pointed out that he'd become the most successful manager in the tournament having won it last time out with Portsmouth in Hong Kong in 2007.
"Winning's a good habit," he said. "It was great to come here and win but it's all about what we do at the start of the season. That's what really counts."
Speaking of Hong Kong, the lads now fly from China to Hong Kong for a friendly against South China FC at the Hong Kong National Stadium on Sunday. We kick-off at 5.30pm local time, 10.30am UK.