Brentford boss Uwe Rosler paid tribute to the hard-working display of strikers Clayton Donaldson and Will Grigg after his side overcame Coventry 2-0 at Sixfields.
Donaldson gave the Bees a 21st-minute lead with a well-taken goal on the counter attacked before on-loan Sheffield Wednesday defender Martin Taylor headed home a Sam Saunders cross in the 68th minute.
Donaldson and Farid El Alagui could have made the margin of victory greater late on but Rosler was delighted with the win nonetheless.
He said: "It took us 10 or 15 minutes to realise that we had to defend from the top.
"We planned to do that all week. Coventry struggled to get their game going and we looked good on the counter.
"There were one or two periods in the second half where we kept the ball well too.
"It was encouraging to see that, even at 2-0, we kept going for the third and for the fourth."
On Grigg and Donaldson, Rosler added: "They did a very good job for the team and without them doing the job they did, we would have had problems.
"They limited Coventry's offensive options from the back and obviously they were dangerous with the ball.
"That is now the standard. I am very happy that they have reached that standard with how they linked up. I am delighted that we got a clean sheet form such a strong, strong team performance."
It was Coventry's first defeat at Sixfields and sees them remain in the bottom four at this early stage of the season, while Brentford are now within a point of the play-off places.
City's best chance came when Callum Wilson was denied by Bees goalkeeper Richard Lee moments before Taylor's goal.
Sky Blues manager Steven Pressley said: "You have to give Brentford credit. They were very well-organised and they stifled a lot of aspects of our play.
"We actually started the game really well. I thought we played exceptionally well in the first 20-25 minutes and matched what has been so successful for us this season - the quick passing, the quick pressing - and we looked like we could open them up.
"But once they scored, they came to sit in and make things difficult for us and hit us on the counter-attack.
"We lost our way a bit . We stopped doing what we work towards all the time, our passing became a bit lethargic and we didn't keep passing the tight areas like we normally do.
"In the end we went down 2-0 and on reflection Brentford deserved that but the one thing that disappointed me was the way we lost our spirit. That's not the type of performance I want. In football you are going to lose games and there is a manner to lose them and here we looked like we just accepted that."