Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer was pleased to have Wayde Jooste, Bongani Sam and Abel Mabaso back on the pitch following their win over Black Leopards.
The Soweto giants bounced back from the 3-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns with a 3-0 win over their own against Black Leopards on Thursday evening.
Jooste was given a rare start by the German tactician and managed to scoop up the Man of the Match award.
"I'm happy about this [the defending], don't forget we lost also [Vincent] Pule [through injury], we have a lot of injured players at the moment, we have to change always, today also, we have to change for the injured [players], yellow cards and in the last weeks we have always the players not available," Zinnbauer told SuperSport after the game.
"Now Wayde [Jooste] comes back he makes a top game, [Bongani] Sam comes back, [Abel] Mabaso is now back from a long [term] injury and it's good for us as a coach to have a little bit of players available, then we have the tournament in the training session also. They fight for the positioning and that's good for us," he added.
The German was also pleased with how his side started against Leopards and highlighted their passing game.
"I think from the first whistle we were in the game, controlled the game, dominated the game, first-half lot of chances in the final third," he added.
"But we have not so the lucky punch in, there was always a leg between the goal and the ball but in the second-half we come out and we score quick.
"And then we went a little bit more counter-attack playing, we wait, controlled the game, the opponent has to come [out] and then we made the second and the third goal, I think it was finished. Compliment to the team for the right reaction from the last game and the focus for the next game.
"It was very good [passing game], it was calm, moved the opponent a lot, we found always the window for playing through the lines, I say it again we have a lot of final third [entries], shooting on the goal, a lot of passing through the goal but normally you have to score three or four times more but it's good, 3-0 top result, top performance and we're looking forward."