Wayne Rooney's penalty double makes him the highest English scorer in the Champions League with 26 and at least ensures his recent troubles will not bother him too much heading into Sunday's Manchester derby after Ferguson left him out of last weekend's draw at Liverpool due to his dejected reaction to the Montenegro dismissal.
Rooney's efforts also allowed United to claim their first victory in this season's competition and move into second spot in Group C, behind Benfica after drawing their opening two matches.
United were unconvincing at times though, giving away possession far too easily, particularly in the first half, although Ferguson claims he was never concerned.
"I don't think we were lucky," he said. "We were the better team.
"We dominated possession and improved in the second half, particularly through Nani, Anderson and Rooney.
"Those three players changed the game.
"I wasn't concerned at half-time but I knew what I needed to say to the players.
"We had possession but we didn't have any penetration. We needed more of that and in the second half we played Rooney further up the field. That made a difference.
"We are pleased after drawing the first two games. That created a certain pressure but we acquired a victory tonight and we're happy with that."