Newcastle United's Ben Dawson believes the side's win in Shanghai has shown new manager Steve Bruce has made an immediate impact.
The Magpies ran out one-nil winners over fellow Premier League side West Ham in their Asia Trophy tie on Saturday.
Dawson insists the team's winning start to life under Steve Bruce demonstrates he has made a difference.
He said: "I think it was obvious the difference having a manager in place (has). He's obviously given the players some focus and direction.
"He's been able to express his expectations and the standards he wants out on the pitch to the staff and players.
"They've obviously been able to work on that the last couple of days and put in the performance they did tonight."
It has been a difficult summer for Magpies fans following the departure of Bruce's predecessor, Rafael Benitez, and the loss of goalscorers Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez to Leicester.
When Bruce addressed the media on Friday he spoke about the need to sign new players, particularly strikers.
After the win over West Ham Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka said the existing group of players had to raise their game.
He said: "It has only been three days but he has been trying to describe what is his way, his style of play.
"Three days is not enough to know each other but we are professionals and we have to take on the responsibilities.
"We have to take risks in games and create chances. We did today. They were well organised but that was the key."
Newcastle's Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto put his team ahead with a well taken finish in the first half, opening up his body to convert a side foot finish from Jamie Sterry's pinpoint cross.
The result means Newcastle finish third in the Asia Trophy competition.