Matt Gill was delighted that his U23s finally rewarded their performance with three points after a comfortable win over Southampton at Carrow Road.
After four straight draws in Premier League 2, City were very impressive on Friday night and two own goals and a sensational free-kick from Louis McIntosh saw the hosts pick up a valuable three points.
"I'm really pleased for the lads, first and foremost," said Gill. "They've worked really hard in the past few weeks and probably haven't got what they deserved.
"We were very professional in our approach tonight. We were progressive and showed some real quality."
City have been frustrated at a lack of cutting edge recently but Gill was delighted to see their work on the training ground pay off, adding that the own goals which contributed to the win were down to good creative play and pressure from striker Tristan Abrahams.
"We had some really good play," he continued. "We've been working on some attacking stuff previously, wanting people to arrive in between the goalposts at the right time.
"That's not luck tonight. Tristan put pressure on the defenders and Glenn's deliveries were exceptional.
"Our all-round game was really pleasing tonight."