Substitute Rudy Gestede scored on his first competitive Aston Villa outing as Bournemouth were left to rue missed chances on their Premier League debut.
The Benin international, signed for a mere £6million from Blackburn Rovers this summer - as reported by the Daily Mail - powered in a header just 13 minutes after replacing fellow new boy Jordan Ayew.
It was a cameo that will live long in the memory for the travelling Villa fans, for whom the striker's display confirmed that he possesses the ability to make the step up from the English second tier to the Premier League.
However, remaining modest despite his heroics, Gestede was quick to hail his side's 'keeper, Brad Guzan, following the full-time whistle.
"It meant a lot. The most important thing, though, was the three points for the team," he told AVTV HD.
"Brad said to me at the end 'great goal big guy' but I said to him 'no, you made the game with your saves'.
"If we were 1-0 down it was a different game. All credit to him."
Guzan made two saves in total versus newly promoted Bournemouth, while finding success in 100% of his claims for the ball and attempted punches.
However, despite his eagerness to shy away from the limelight, the former Blackburn Rovers forward was the undoubted hero for the Villans.
His towering effort in the 72nd minute secured a hugely valuable opening day victory for Tim Sherwood's side, while the confidence gained from the club's first three points will prove invaluable as the club welcome Manchester United to Villa Park on Friday.