Sunderland have had an impressive transfer window this summer, despite only signing one player on deadline day.
Deadline day was a quiet one for Sunderland, with Max Power the only arrival, but a successful summer of preparation for life in League One meant the groundwork had already been done and the signing of the former third tier winner was simply the cherry on top of Sunderland's proverbial transfer window cake.
The signings of some experienced veterans, mixed in with a host of exciting young prospects signifies a long-term plan from both Ross and the Sunderland hierarchy, something that has failed the Wearside club in recent years.
Despite some shrewd signings, life in League One won't be a walkover for the Black Cats this season and that was proven last week against Charlton Athletic, when Sunderland came from behind to dig out all three points.
Arguably the most impressive part of Sunderland's opening game was Ross' awareness to change both formation and players on the field when adversity arose - but what can we expect from the rest of the season?
Anything other than promotion this year for a team who has done the business Sunderland have done this summer would be cast as a failure - with the playoffs being something Ross should be aiming for at the very least.
And that may not even be the end of the incoming's or outgoing's on Wearside, with the loan window still not closed until the last day of August, something Ross may be keen to consider to ensure his side have strength in depth in every position.
Sunderland's season will be made or broken when the inevitable bump in the road does come around this season, something they have often hidden away from in recent history.
However, it's hard to disagree that something special is brewing with this new-look Sunderland team and only time will tell if Sunderland can get themselves back to where they belong.