Tottenham's much-changed side got the desired response following their midweek Europa League exit, defeating Aston Villa 2-0 at Villa Park in the Premier League.
Spurs were humiliated by Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday, leading Jose Mourinho to make six alterations to his starting XI, including rare starts for Joe Rodon, Japhet Tanganga and Carlos Vinicius.
And he got the right reaction from his team as Vinicius and Harry Kane netted in either half to claim the points.
Villa had started the better and it was against the run of play when Tottenham took the lead. Emiliano Martinez's poor clearance found its way to Kane, and he slipped in Lucas Moura who slid across goal into the path of Vinicius, who tapped into the net from close range.
Much of the forward's minutes this season have come in cup competitions but with Son injured and Gareth Bale left out, the striker took full advantage of his opportunity.
With Villa putting on more pressure in the second half, Anwar El Ghazi rattled a shot against Hugo Lloris' upright, but the game was settled soon after.
Kane reached the goal line and tried to cut back inside, only to be completely cleaned out by Matty Cash, who gave away the rashest of penalties.
Kane hadn't scored on the road for two months but slotted home easily and killed the match as a contest. Mourinho now has the two weeks of the international break to reflect on his best team for the remainder of the season, his changes having worked in what has been a difficult week.