Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe praised a "terrific" display by new signing Jack Wilshere as his side beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0.
Wilshere, 24, signed for Bournemouth from Arsenal on a season-long loan on deadline day in order to get more playing time.
The midfielder made his debut for Bournemouth on Saturday, coming on in the 63rd minute as his new side clinched victory with Callum Wilson scoring on 79 minutes.
Howe said: "Jack gave us a foothold, which we had lost, and I thought he was terrific.
"It wasn't difficult to start him on the bench after looking at the training data. We felt half an hour was a good call for him today.
"What we don't want to do is push him too early. The key objective is we want him fit and available all season, and if we do that then you could see today what a player we have on our hands."
West Brom is not exactly a happy ship at the moment, although a takeover by a Chinese consortium is set to be completed next week.
Fans are disgruntled and manager Tony Pulis this week voiced his frustration at their transfer dealings, but after the match he launched a passionate defence of his spell at the club.
"I've been here 20 months," Pulis said, "and we have finished 13th and 14th. There are clubs underneath us who have not made profits and big clubs who have been relegated with massive debts. That was my remit.
"The Chinese are coming next week, the club is being taken over and we'll see what they want to do. But the remit was to keep the club in the Premier League and in profit, and that's what we've done."