Paul Lambert was delighted to see Villa step up a gear in the 5-1 win at Crewe, insisting: "That was more like us."
After the 2-0 defeat at Luton, Lambert's team really turned on the style at Gresty Road, Andi Weimann opening the scoring, Christian Benteke bagging a hat-trick and Leandro Bacuna finishing the contest with a wondergoal at the death.
Lambert was very happy with the performance and feels his team are heading in the right direction, although he did say there was still a lot of hard work to come between now and the start of the season.
He told AVTV: "Some of the football was excellent. That was more like us.
"It was good to have Gabby and Andi back, Christian played an hour too. It was Helenius's first 30 minutes too since Germany. We have Tonev, Okore and Bennett to come back too. It was very pleasing.
"The performance was very good. We were disappointed to concede a goal. But the way we played, the application, the performance levels, it was very, very good.
"There were a lot of pluses. It was potentially a tricky game, Crewe are a good side. I thought we started very well and performed very well.
"Things are going quite good at the minute. We are getting there. There's still a long way to go though. There's still a lot of work to do.
"But you can see when we're on top of our game, we're a good side."
Lambert also handed out a positive injury update on defender Jores Okore and midfielder Aleksandar Tonev, revealing he hopes to have the pair back for the Shamrock Rovers game next weekend.
He added: "They are doing well at the minute. Hopefully we are looking at the Shamrock game. We will see how they are. It will be good to get them back."
Snap up the training top as worn by Lambert.