Chelsea manager Frank Lampard was pleased with how his side came from a goal down to secure a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.
Villa star Kortney Hause broke the deadlock two minutes before half-time, but the Blues responded through U.S international Christian Pulisic in the 60th minute, then Olivier Giroud wrapped up the victory two minutes later with a brilliant volley.
After the match at Villa Park, Lampard spoke about how important it was for Chelsea to secure three points in their first game back.
"I am really pleased with the performance," he added. "Aston Villa had the chance to [play a game] once before us, but I think we moved the ball well during the game and dominated possession.
"It's been a little bit of our story this season, dominating possession but the need to be more clinical.
"I can definitely give the players some leeway on that one because of the long time off. We showed great quality and character to win the game. I am pleased with the win.
"I think it is important for the group because I think we have seen all the games are looking different.
"It is an obvious statement with the crowds, but in terms of the actual detail of the games and the tempo, the matches, the tiredness factor that has been coming into them too.
"So we didn't know exactly what we were coming into today but now we have three points when some teams have lost points around us."
Chelsea sit firmly in fourth place on the Premier League table, five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United.