Sunderland's first win is a 'weight lifted off' their shoulders, admits Bailey Wright.
The Black Cats drew at home to Bristol Rovers on the opening day of the season, and followed that with a 2-0 win against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium at the weekend.
And while Sunderland did not have to wait long for that first three points, Wright says earning that first victory - and particularly on the road - is still a box ticked.
"You could say that with our first win, but we knew it was going to come," said the summer signing from Bristol City.
"It's an away win which is even nicer because you get on the coach and have a nice journey back and I guess you could say there's a weight lifted off there because when you have that journey back when you lose, it's not nice and you can dwell on it.
"We've had good performances and not got the win, so it's nice to get both and now we keep building and keep getting stronger and stronger."
Luke O'Nien gave Sunderland the lead immediately after half-time, with Lynden Gooch coming off the bench to score a stunning solo effort eight minutes from time.
Wright said: "Fortunately we get to see that day in, day out and see that sort of stuff happen and see the quality.
"Those two got the rewards with the goals on Saturday and I think we had a few other chances.
"We looked solid and we created chances, we looked on song is how I would say.
"There could have been other goals and there is quality throughout the team.
"It's good to see players coming on and making a difference in the game."
And Wright was inches away from scoring his first goal for the club, thumping a header against the crossbar from a Chris Maguire free-kick just five minutes into the match.
He said: "I thought I had scored, I thought I'd done everything. Bloody crossbar!
"But when you have someone like Chrissy [Maguire] with deliveries like that, you just have to go and attack that ball because you know the delivery is going to be spot on - and it was.
"On another day maybe it goes in, and I'm sure there'll be many more chances.
"It would have been nice to score but I'm happy with the clean sheet."
As a centre-back, the clean sheet was almost as important as the victory for Wright.
He said: "I think as a back three, back five - with Burgey included in goal - and as a team, we pride ourselves on being solid and a tight defensive unit.
"When you come to a place like Oxford, which is a tough place to come and keep a clean sheet, you know we have the quality to score goals which we saw on Saturday.
"That's our job, we're here to give a platform for the boys to have the magic to go and do their bit.
"If you can do that, then you're in with a chance in every game."
Wright was made Sunderland's vice-captain this season, and he donned the armband when regular skipper Max Power limped off just after the hour mark.
"It's an honour to be vice-captain of the group," he said.
"To have had the armband on and to represent a club like Sunderland, out there with your teammates and having that responsibility, is something I never take lightly.
"It's something I always have pride in and it's something I enjoy the responsibility of.
"We've got great leaders in the dressing room and it's nice to be able to add to that and have that added responsibility."
The Covid-19 situation has meant the season has started with games being played behind-closed-doors, which Wright says is a strange environment and one he hopes will change as soon as it is safe to do so.
But the restriction did not stop a group of Sunderland fans making the trip to Oxford and watching the game from on top of a van, taking advantage of the fact that one end of the Kassam Stadium is open with only an eight-foot fence between the pitch and the car park.
"It doesn't surprise me," he smiled when told about the away contingent.
"We've got some dedicated supporters here at the club and it's a massive fan base, isn't it?
"Hopefully it won't be long until they're back on the touchline screaming, shouting and enjoying it."
And of the lack of crowds at present, he added: "Of course you do miss it.
"It can really be the difference and you can see games shift sometimes in terms of atmosphere - for the better and for the worse.
"We much prefer it when we have our fans at home, and the fans we bring away make a big difference.
"You do miss that, of course you do, but it's another challenge and we just have to get on with it and make sure we're there for each other, keep each other organised and motivated, because you can't rely on that atmosphere to pick you up or keep you going.
"You've got to get the best out of each other.
"Hopefully it's not too much longer, but who knows?
"The world has strange stuff going on and we're just fortunate we can be back playing football and back winning games and enjoying it."