Paul Lambert hailed Villa as "worthy winners" over Cardiff.
Lambert was thrilled with the second half performance of his claret and blue troops as they piled on the pressure to earn the victory.
Villa boss Lambert was especially pleased with goalscorers Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak.
He said: "I thought we were excellent.
"We have a lot of injuries at the moment. We had nearly half a team out. You know things are really bare when you're putting two young kids on your bench.
"But I thought we were worthy winners.
"I thought Leo's free-kick against Man City was world-class. But I thought that one surpassed it.
"It was a terrific free-kick. But Leo can do that. I have seen him do that in training. It was fantastic technique.
"When I watch him at Bodymoor, every time he hits one you think he's going to hit the target. That one today was excellent.
"It started by the post. It gets up and down quickly. There wasn't much room to aim at. The technique was excellent.
"Libor has done great for us. It's his first time in Britain. He's come from a league that isn't as quick. He's adapted to it.
"That's him scoring two important goals for us. I am delighted with his contribution so far.
"But overall in the second half we were dominant, put on the pressure and picked up the tempo. The lads galvanised it.
"I saw us create chances against Everton and West Ham. I knew we'd create. It was about persevering and believing in what we were doing. Thankfully we got a couple of goals."
Lambert admits he's thrilled there is an international break now before the West Brom match, with the boss hopeful of seeing several injured players return.
He added: "Thankfully we have got through this game with a win.
"If we can get three or four of the lads back for the West Brom game then good. We hope to get a few back."
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