Latics defender Adam Lockwood believes the lads can kick on from yesterday's performance and take it into the league campaign.
The defender came off the bench during last night's 2-1 victory over Newcastle United and helped his side secure pre-season victory.
The club captain however will miss the first game of the season against Colchester after receiving his marching orders against Notts County on the last day of last season.
Speaking about the victory, Lockwood said: "I thought it was a good test but I think we put in a good performance. It's always nice to win so to get our second win in our first real test was good.
"The young lads that came on in the second half showed real positivity and played with no fear so that bodes well for the future."
Lockwood was one of nine second half substitutions for Latics and the 32-year-old felt the side were prepared when called upon.
"We wanted to make sure that we did everything right for when we all come on. If you do everything right then you get rewarded in football so that's our best reward so far," commented the defender.
Reflecting on pre-season so far, Lockwood believes the club are moving in the right direction ahead of the new 2014/15 season.
"We have a long way to go in pre-season but the signs are good. We don't want to get carried away but the initial signs are good," said Lockwood.
"The new lads have come in, blended in well and they've quickly adapted to the way of the club but I think things are going on the right track."
Watch the full interview on Latics Player.