Paul Stalteri looked back on his Premiership debut against Portsmouth on Saturday and reflected the occasion had something of an early winter feel to it.
The pouring rain across the country was far removed from the usual climate on the opening day of the season - and, from a fans point of view, it wasn't a day for dipping into the summer wardrobe.
"It gave the game a bit of a October-November atmosphere with a few slide tackles going in - it was good," considered the recruit from Werder Bremen.
"It was definitely enjoyable, it is always good to make your debut in the Premiership and you can't ask for much more than the three points we came away with."
It wasn't a classic encounter at Fratton Park but Paul reasoned the securing of maximum points was the all-important factor at a venue we have not enjoyed any success at since Pompey's elevation to the Premiership.
"I've been to similar little stadiums to that which have a good atmosphere. When you are playing against a compact team that is tough to break down it is always difficult to win. The team hadn't won there in a long time and the most important thing was to come away with the points.
"Usually when you are away from home the way you play is not the major consideration, it is getting some points. We got maximum points, we could have played better, but we will build on that. We could have played a fantastic game and ended up drawing - it is obviously better to get the points and we did that."