Victor Valdes is thoroughly enjoying being a footballer again.
The match was only the former Barcelona gloveman's third in England's top flight, having played twice for Manchester United, and he admits it is a very special competition to ply your trade at the top level.
"The atmosphere is positive around this team and I am enjoying life here," he told Sky Sports News HQ.
"Saturday (against Stoke) was a special day at The Riverside - a new stadium for me and new set of fans.
"Even the afternoon kick offs are different to what I am used to in Spain. But the Premier League is special for any player.
"Our goal is to stay in the top flight, but I reckon we can do more than that. It looks like a different goal from what I'm used to because we are new in the Premier League but in my head nothing changes."