Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy says The Reds were good value for their 3-1 Carabao Cup second-round victory over Newcastle United.
Murphy scored the opening goal of the night, the 100th of his career, as Forest caused an upset at The City Ground and the Irishman believes the result was fully justified given the standard of his side's display.
He said: "I thought every one of the boys performed really well and, after the weekend's performance, we wanted to show that we are a good side. We started on the front foot and obviously the early goal helped settle us down.
"We've had a few performances this season where we've not been at it but I thought we changed that. We went out there and expressed ourselves and showed what a good side we can be when we play our style of football on the front foot.
"We're training hard every day and we can see the quality in this squad day in, day out. Players do need time to settle into a new squad but now we seem to be gelling together and I genuinely believe there are some good times ahead."
Newcastle had pulled out a stoppage-time equaliser to seemingly send the tie into penalties but Murphy was thrilled to see goals from Matty Cash and Gil Dias earn Forest a place in tonight's third-round draw.
He said: "I was very tired at the end so when the six minutes of stoppage time went up I thought that was a bit much but I think we've seen this season that we're a team that will go right until the end and the character in the side is tremendous.
"Again we've had players come into the side who haven't been playing regularly and they've shown what they can do. Now we want to test ourselves against one of the best sides remaining in the draw in the next round."