"We have played not very well at all but we've found a way to win," Bruce said.
"That's important. We have played very well on Saturday, but that is the Championship. It's tough.
"I have to say, I thought Sunderland were very decent. They rolled their sleeves up and had a go for the new manager.
"But I thought we were a threat going forward. We found a way to win and in the Championship that's important.
"When you're not playing well and winning it's not a bad thing."