THE common complaint from Exeter City fans for most of last season was that the Grecians were poor at home and their results in derby matches weren't up to scratch.
You get the feeling that won't be the case this campaign.
We must not get carried away of course – many sides had big eye-catching wins on the opening day or drastically disappointing results, and it hasn't always translated into how their season pans out.
Take Reading, for example. At the start of the 2005/06 Championship campaign they lost their opening fixture 1-0 at home to Plymouth Argyle and still won the league at a canter, getting a record points total in the process. Plymouth, on the other hand, were nowhere near promotion material.
However, it was the manner in which Saturday's game against Bristol Rovers was won that has given fans such cause for optimism.
It seems City have more versatility in their squad this campaign and all good sides need that.
City are, and certainly were last season, a side that can be devastating on the counter-attack.
But that never seemed to fit at home or in derby matches, when the opposition were slightly more direct or cagey.
A good example is when you compare the two games last season the Grecians played against eventual title winners Gillingham.
In November at the Priestfield Stadium, City went behind to a fourth-minute strike from Chris Whelpdale but, urged on by the home crowd, the Gills continued to push forward – even more so when Alan Gow equalised with a stunning free-kick.
Jamie Cureton finished off a counter-attacking move in the 54th minute to put City ahead and, even when Danny Jackman equalised with 11 minutes to go, the Gills weren't content. They pushed forward again – a mistake that ultimately cost them an undeserved point.
At St James's Park though, Martin Allen's side sat in with two banks of four, handed the initiative to Exeter City and were happy to take a 0-0 draw.
There was no space in the final third and behind the defence for City to exploit.
I remember in that match Craig Woodman being particularly impressive with his long, accurate balls up to Cureton in the first half as the striker found a yard or two of room in and around the defence.
But even then, by the time Cureton had controlled the ball and lined up a shot the defence had closed him down.
Evidently the Gills got a lot closer to the veteran striker in the second half and that long ball tactic didn't work.
I do wonder what might have happened had the 6ft 2ins Sam Parkin been on the pitch in that match.
Would he have been able to make better use of those long balls from deep?
When a couple of balls were played into the box on Saturday, the former St Mirren striker provided good knock downs for John O'Flynn. He also seemed to win a lot in the air and, at the very least, offered a challenge.
That is not Cureton's game and, at 5ft 8ins, it shouldn't be. He likes to play on the shoulder of the last defender, hoping they will misjudge the flight of the ball and allow him to take advantage. He thrives on defenders forgetting about him until it's too late, not offering them a physical battle.
With Parkin, City have also added height to their set-piece play. Only a handful of City's 63 league goals last season came from corners, with Danny Coles and Scot Bennett providing the aerial threat.
However on Saturday, while it was Coles who headed home from a corner, Parkin went close on a couple of occasions. His height should help defensively when needed as well.
Both Rotherham and Dagenham & Redbridge managed to snatch all three points at St James's Park last season by scoring goals from a corner and then sitting back. It is good to see City reversing that role somewhat.
Now, City fans will be hoping that the away form continues and then we could be in for a really successful 2013/14 campaign.