You have the impression that Aston Villa's victory over Swansea meant a lot to Dean Smith. His emphatic blow of the air full time told you.
Installed as the head coach of his childhood club, it was a victory enjoyed by the 47-year-old who used to clean the seats in Villa Park before taking his place in the Holte End.
Flanked by fans' favorite, John Terry, who returned to the club as an assistant coach and received a great reception from the Holte End, it felt like an important day for this football club.
Aston Villa's new manager, Dean Smith, enjoyed a successful first game in charge of the club
Tammy Abraham's goal in the eighth minute was enough to assure Villa a much-needed victory
Villa players expressed their joy after the effort of Abraham had put them at the head.
Forner Villa defender John Terry enjoyed his first game as assistant club manager
PARTY FACTS AND LEAGUE TABLE
Aston Villa: Nyland; Hutton, Tuanzebe, Chester, Taylor; Elmohamady (Bolasie 64), Bjarnason, McGinn, Adomah (Kodjia 74); Grealish (Hourihane 83), Abraham
Subs not used: Whelan, Hogan, Jedinak, Bunn
Goal: Abraham 8
Swansea: Nordfeldt; Rodon, van der Hoorn, Harries (Santiago 50); Roberts, Fulton, Fer (Grimes 70), Olsson; McKay (Carroll 65), McBurnie; Celina
Subs not used: Carter-Vickers, Mulder, Naughton, Byers
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Mitigating circumstances only added to the meaning of the occasion.
This was the club's first opportunity to celebrate the life of former President Sir Doug Ellis and there was a wide variety of club legends that attended and there was a small matter of a first full house at Villa Park of the season.
It was fitting that on a day that began with the loss of the club's great visionaries, a bold new era would be hailed for its end.
"I thought it was going to be a really emotional moment, but there were a lot of former players on the sidelines who gave me hugs and I did not have the opportunity to do it." said Smith.
"It's one of the biggest crowds today, I think that includes the Premier League and I think it shows what can happen in this football club if we have a plan to move forward."
Smith takes the opportunity to give instructions to his players during the game on Saturday
Jack Grealish battles for Aston Villa for the ball with Bersant Celina of Swansea at Villa Park
Albert Adomah de Villa tries to gain possession of Connor Roberts of Swansea
Moving forward they did it. Villa carried out wave after wave of attack, with Tammy Abraham firing the only goal after only seven minutes.
A foul by Jay Fulton over Abraham gave Jack Grealish the first chance to try Kristoffer Nordfeldt, but he could not get past the wall. His next touch in a matter of seconds later, however, was considerably more revealing.
The danger was not completely eliminated, the 23-year-old found Ahmed Elmohamady with a ball in the air when the Swansea defense could not get out, and the cross of the Egyptian loop was nodded by the Chelsea borrower for his fourth goal of the Bell.
He could have had several more, missing double-edged opportunities in the second half to put the game to bed.
Still, Smith knows he has a talent in his hands capable of shooting his side towards the championship table.
"He's a handful, and he'll know better than me what he should do a bit with the matchball tonight," he said.
Abraham seeks to boost Villa, who hopes to take advantage of the victory that gave him his goal
Abraham, scorer and winner of the game, celebrates after the final whistle in Villa Park
Swansea manager Graham Potter could not inspire his team to victory against Villa
"But he scored the winning goal, he's a great talent." For me, working hard is a fact, and I thought he had made a big change there alone.
In the end they were hanging. Orjan Nyland was forced to act several times in the second half. A clean sheet has been searched for a long time and this was only the second of the season.
The role played by Terry is open to debate given the short time he has been back, but he can be seen before starting an individual session on the field with the four players behind.
When asked what he liked the most about victory, Smith said: "The grain. The desire of the player to keep the ball out of the back of the net.
"We've been a little weak in terms of goals conceded, they're very trainable and they want to improve."
For Swansea it is now a victory in seven. They did rally in the second half but by then the damage was done.
"Psychologically, when you get down after seven minutes in this environment, it's a challenge," admitted his coach Graham Potter.