Steve Bruce says he knows what to expect when his side travel to Preston North End tonight.
We go into the fixture at Deepdale off the back of a win over Fulham and a hard-earned point in the Second City derby against Birmingham City.
And now Bruce is anticipating another challenging task against a Lilywhites side who've started the season well.
He said: "You're always a little disappointed when you don't take all three points, like on Sunday.
"But the momentum stays with us for now.
"We've got another big game tonight against Preston, who have had a 24-hour recovery period on us.
"That's what we're up against – it's what the Championship is.
"They're big, physical – we know what to expect.
"They've had a good start to the season.
"It's never easy at Preston away and it won't be an easy one tonight."
With the clocks having gone backwards and the autumn nights drawing in, Bruce knows that the race for Championship promotion is won and lost in these coming months.
And he has one player back in the selection frame to help him towards just that, with Mile Jedinak having returned at St Andrew's on the weekend.
The Australian could now be in contention for more minutes at Deepdale.
He added: "We've put ourselves in a decent position.
"The winter's upon us and the yellow balls are now here.
"The Championship is only just starting – it's all to play for.
"As for Jedinak, it was great to see him play like he did on Sunday.
"We all know he's a big player for us when he performs.
"It's great to have him back."