Bruce has earned four points from his first two games at Villa.
Bruce earned a 1-1 draw at home against Wolves in his first game as Villa boss on Saturday, and on Tuesday night he led them to their first away win since August 2015 - some 14 months ago - thanks to Jordan Ayew's late penalty against Reading.
With an unbeaten start to his name, there is rising optimism that Bruce can be the man to finally turn the club's fortunes around after years of misery.
However, the manager himself was quick to stress the fact that he has only been in charge for two games, and insisted that it will take three months in the job before his start can properly be assessed.
Bruce said, via the Birmingham Mail: "I’m only two games in, give me three months and then we’ll see. I’m still determined we can make a challenge. We’re capable of it. Can we make the play-offs? That’s got to be the aim.
"I have got to blow a bit of belief back into the whole football club. It shows you the magnitude of the club. That’s their fifth win in 50-something games and they bring 4000 fans to Reading on a Tuesday night. That’s remarkable.
"I will now try my best to turn this big juggernaut of a club around. A few results will do that. Let’s now see if we can get our season up and running."
The fact of the matter is that it could all have been so different. As is their hallmark this season, Villa threw away a lead to be held to a draw by Wolves, and they were just minutes away from it being the same story at the Madejski Stadium.
As it happened, though, Ayew's spot-kick earned them just a second win since February, and there is hope that Villa could have finally turned a corner.