Gus Poyet admits he was delighted to get a flying start at The Amex tonight.
The Seagulls scored twice in the first 26 minutes to beat Bristol City 2-0.
They were not at their fluent best but comfortably secured a fourth home win of the season and extended their unbeaten run to seven games.
Poyet said: “The start was the key - to get two goals early and then be patient, manage the game in the right way and always be a threat going forward.
“Overall it was a good professional performance.”
Andrea Orlandi scored his first goal for the club with a free-kick which freakishly curled straight in when he was looking for the head of a team-mate.
Poyet added: “Everybody is looking for that inswinging ball that, if nobody touches it, it is very difficult for the goalkeeper.
“Luckily enough today it went in.
“But we created good chances and, on another day, we would have gone on and scored a couple more. I’m pleased.”