Bruce said he was 'delighted' for his staff and the Newcastle squad, before hitting back at criticism that he feels has been over the top in the opening two weeks of the season.
He said, "We can't do a warm-up? Tactics? It's embarrassing, some of the stuff. The only way you can respond to it is with the team putting in a performance like that. The organisation was there for everyone to see.
"I have managed 900-odd games over 20 years. You would think there would be some respect. But I go back to the fact that whoever was going to replace Rafa [Benitez] was going to have a tough time.
"The easiest thing would have been to have said no to the challenge. But I am as determined as I have ever been to take the club forward. Days like today I will remember for a long time."