The Sky Blues had to wait seven long games to record their second win of the new Championship season.
But it was certainly worth the wait when it came – in the form of a fabulous 3-2 victory over the previously unbeaten league leaders, Reading.
Gus Hamer gave Mark Robins’s men the first half lead at St Andrew’s before Lucas Joao pulled the visitors level midway through the second half.
Matty Godden then restored City’s advantage before Sam McCallum added a stunner ahead of a stoppage time consolation from George Puscas.
Here are some of the big talking points from a memorable night at St Andrew’s:
Biamou back with bang
It’s been a remarkable turn around for Max Biamou.
Just a fortnight ago the Frenchman was ear-marked for a move to free up funds as City looked to trim the wage bill.
There had been a bit of interest but nothing that tempted the fans’ favourite who wanted to stay and fight for his place at the club he loves.
At that stage he was fourth in the striking pecking order but an off day for Amadou Bakayoko at Brentford has resulted in him dropping out of the matchday mix.
Tyler Walker, meanwhile, was handed an opportunity from the bench at Middlesbrough in midweek but found himself back on the bench and overtaken by Biamou against Reading – the centre-forward handed his first Championship start of his career.
And while it wasn’t a classic Roy of the Rovers tale with the popular player bagging the winner, his overall contribution was hugely significant, so much so that Robins singled him out for praise, saying he put in an “unbelievable shift”.
Two up top
Matty Godden has been isolated so often this season that something had to change.
Mark Robins has stuck with a box midfield and lone striker for much of the campaign so far but changed his starting formation to play two up top for only the second time.
It failed to prove effective on the first occasion at Brentford where Bakayoko was the second centre-forward. But against Reading it worked a treat, not least because it took the pressure of Godden.
Biamou added muscle, physicality and the ability to hold up the ball more to bring others into play as City finally began to believe in themselves and pull off a brilliant win over a side who had only conceded three league goals in an outstanding eight unbeaten games prior to facing the Sky Blues.
Mixing it up more
Biamou wasn’t the only one to add a bit more bite and aggression to the side.
City have arguably shown teams a bit too much respect at times but on Friday night they rolled up their sleeves and got stuck into the league leaders from the first whistle.
Gus Hamer, Ben Sheaf, Leo Ostigard and Biamou all stuck their foot in where it hurts to send an early message to the Royals that they weren’t going to be pushed over easily.
The Sky Blues racked up 14 fouls and five yellow cards throughout the 90 minutes, with all of the back three going in the book to earn the wrath of the Royals who, like plenty of other sides City have played so far this term, tried their level best to influence the referee with some over the top whinging and moaning.
Hamer’s learning curve
One player who continues to excite and frustrate in equal measure is Gus Hamer.
The Dutch/Brazilian midfielder is a key man in the side and was back to his best against Reading with an influential performance topped by a brilliant goal.
But the one side of his game that he still needs to work on his discipline. He’s a physical player whose midfield role means that yellow cards are an occupational hazard, but the offence for which he was eventually booked by David Webb was when he followed through with a needless little nibble at a Reading player that was far from subtle.
That meant he was treading a tightrope for the remainder of the game, later receiving a last warning from the referee before Robins substituted him to avoid him earning a second yellow card and another costly suspension.
His recent red card was for laying a hand on the face of an opponent and the sooner he learns to keep a lid on the unnecessary offences the better because City simply cannot afford to be without such an influential figure.
Just like City
It was just like Coventry City to pull off such a shock result against the league leaders.
The Sky Blues haven’t been able to buy a win for weeks as confidence took a nose-dive amid a difficult run of fixtures.
It cannot be overestimated how big a result Friday’s 3-2 victory could prove for restoring belief in the dressing room that they can actually compete against the best in the Championship.
This was a performance that was full of character and determination to put things straight, or at least the players back on the right track.
Lose and they’d have been in real danger of spiralling further away from where they need to be, but the win means they can travel to Nottingham Forest on Wednesday knowing that they are more than capable of picking up another result.
And if they can maintain that mentality they should be fine.