Curtis Davies feels Blues should be proud of the pre-season test they provided for a side preparing to dine at European football's top table.
Lee Clark's men started their summer preparation with an encouraging 2-2 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach at ESV Munich's Sports Park.
What was all the more impressive was that this was Blues' first pre-season fixture against a top German side with several warm-up fixtures already under their belt as they prepare for a Champions League qualifier
And Davies, who headed home a 50th minute opener, was enthused by the manner in which Blues matched the Bundesliga giants.
Speaking to bcfc.com on the flight back from Munich, the centre-half said: "It was good to have a challenge like Mönchengladbach so early. On paper it looked like it was going to be a tough one with it being our first game.
"I think we did really well and I don't think you could tell the difference in the level of the two sides and I don't think you could tell a difference in the fitness. We gave a good account of ourselves. The big thing about this result was the way we played as a team and the fitness.
"Considering they were a team who have progressed to tthe Champions League qualifiers, I don't think we looked too far off them."
Davies started and finished the move that led to the first goal of the match in Bavaria. The former England Under-21 won the ball in his own half, played it out to Chris Burke on the right who switched play to Darren Ambrose and Davies was there to power home his header.
"It was typical me," Davies said with a cheeky smirk. "When I got the ball my first thought was to try and get forward. It was just a lucky break that I managed to win it high up in the half and they'd pushed a lot of men forward.
"I played a big one out to Burkey, eventually it got out to Daz (Ambrose) on the left and I just got myself into the box. The ball itself was an 'eat me ball' - that's what I call them - and luckily I've managed to out jump the defender and the keeper and it just went in."