Didier Drogba's demolition of Tottenham delighted Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
Spurs were bidding for a first win at Stamford Bridge since February 1990 at the 28th attempt and began well, with Harry Kane hitting the crossbar with an early header.
But Chelsea stepped up with two goals in four first-half minutes in a 3-0 win.
Drogba provided the first for Eden Hazard before scoring himself as his second Blues spell shows signs of enhancing his hero status at the club.
Mourinho brought the 36-year-old, who scored the decisive penalty in the 2012 Champions League win, back to Chelsea after two years away, in China and Turkey.
The Blues boss expects Drogba to see out his playing career at Chelsea before staying on at the club in some capacity.
"It's remarkable," the Portuguese said. "I was expecting exactly this. The important thing is that he's here and he's going to finish his career with Chelsea.
"It looks, for me, that he's going to stay doing other things when he finishes his career.
"It will be his decision when he decides when to stop as a player. It will be something personal."
Drogba was deputising for the suspended Diego Costa, who was serving a one-match ban.
"We need (Costa), but I think our mentality is the right mentality," Mourinho added.
"We don't have a player - we don't cry about it. We give confidence to the others and the others respond."
Loic Remy, who replaced Drogba in the second half, responded too, scoring a third.
Nemanja Matic will be suspended for Saturday's match at Newcastle, but Mourinho added: "No problem. Play another one, like Diego Costa."
Gary Cahill had to come off at half-time after a clash of heads in the first half, with his replacement Kurt Zouma impressing. "No concussion, no need for special care," said Mourinho, who insisted Cahill's withdrawal was precautionary.
Gary Lineker scored the winner when Spurs last won at Stamford Bridge and Kane, born more than three years later, appeared to be on a crusade to emulate the England striker-turned-Match of the Day presenter.
A Spurs goal never came, though, and Chelsea capitalised.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted the history did not weigh heavily on his side as he rued Chelsea's cutting edge.
Pochettino said: "The history here was difficult, but tonight we came here to get the three points and victory.
"We showed our intention at the beginning of the game.
"We showed that we believed we could get a positive result, but it's difficult. We started very well and created some chances. The first chance they created, they scored. The second chance, the second goal.
"I am not happy. I am very disappointed with the result, because 3-0 is harsh. (But) we need to look forward."
Had Kane's early header gone in, rather than hit the woodwork, things might have been different.
"If you score the game change for our side," Pochettino added.
"We need to accept we have been beaten by a very good team, playing in a very comfortable situation.
"For us it wasn't easy to turn to the result. We tried.
"It was difficult. It wasn't our night tonight."