After some early reminders of his World Cup horror show against Algeria, the Manchester United star's confidence began to return, and after having a hand in four goals, he was looking like the Rooney of old.
So while acknowledging Jermain Defoe had "stolen the headlines" with his first England hat-trick, Gerrard was keen to steer some of the plaudits in the direction of his fellow Liverpudlian.
"It's important not just to give Jermain all the credit," he said, describing the Tottenham striker as "lethal".
"Wayne got all the assists, so I think the partnership worked - that was the key.
"From front to back, we were superb all over the pitch."