Chris Robshaw has urged England to build on the momentum established by their 20-13 victory over Australia at Twickenham by adding to their growing collection of scalps.
The 2015 World Cup group rivals produced a dismal spectacle for the opening QBE International, but the result was all that mattered to head coach Stuart Lancaster.
The autumn continues against Argentina next Saturday before concluding against a New Zealand team hell-bent on revenge after crashing to a record defeat last November.
Some notable victims feature among England’s sequence of eight wins in nine matches - France, the All Blacks and now the Wallabies - and Robshaw hopes has demanded the run continues.
“We’ve come a long way in 12 months. This was time for us to kick on and start getting scalps like Australia’s,” the captain said.
“A lot of us had never beaten Australia before, myself included. It’s a great memento.
“First and foremost this was about getting the win. There was a bit of rustiness but that performance stands us in good stead for Argentina.”
Character and an appetite for hard work underpinned England’s first victory against Australia in two attempts under Lancaster.
Maiden Test tries from Robshaw and Owen Farrell, who also kicked 10 points, demolished the 13-6 half-time deficit, although both scores were laced with controversy.
Outstanding full-back Mike Brown had both feet in touch before launching the counter-attack that preceded Robshaw’s quick-witted touch down and Farrell clearly benefited from an obstruction by Dylan Hartley on Stephen Moore.
Australia, who have now lost eight of their 11 matches this year, were comprehensively outfought in the final half-hour and the way England ground out victory was admirable.