Geelong's victory was built on the back of a dominant second-half, where the Cats kicked 13 of 15 goals and saw their potent forward trio of Jeremy Cameron, Gary Rohan and Tom Hawkins grab complete control over the contest.
Cameron finished with six goals from 22 disposals to instantly endear himself to the Geelong faithful, Rohan kicked five majors in his 150th game, while Hawkins capped an exceptional night with four goals from 20 disposals.
Given it was just their third game playing together following Cameron's arrival from the Giants last November and his summer hamstring injuries, Cats coach Chris Scott said he was surprised with how quickly the forward line was gelling.
"I thought it was going to take a little bit longer to build that cohesion," Scott said.
"We've obviously been conscious not to put a lid on them, we'd like to see it and we've been working towards it."
However, despite the victory and the dominant nature of his side's performance, Scott cautioned that it wouldn't act as a defining moment in a season where his Geelong team is hoping to go one better than last year's Grand Final defeat.
"Against them, I'm not so sure (it will matter)," Scott said
"They tend to bounce back pretty hard, so we're not falling in love with ourselves.
"But if you look at the last three weeks, we were outstanding against West Coast after a pretty average first quarter. I thought we were pretty good last week as well. If we executed as well as we did tonight, last week's game could have been different.
"For a while, I think we've had some players in our team – without individualising, you can work out who they are – who we rate really, really highly. They're nowhere near their potential at the moment. Games like this help them believe in themselves.
"Sometimes, those kind of vague ideas around confidence … what do you say to get them to believe in themselves a bit more? They fade away, compared to actually doing it. I think that will be the more tangible part that we'll take away."