Shot-stopper reckons he's not yet undisputed No 1...
There had been a significant amount of speculation surrounding who would be handed the starting role, as manager Roberto Mancini had confirmed recently that he was yet to make a decision concerning the England international and last season's first choice, Shay Given.
However, Hart was given the green light and put in a display worthy of being handed the man of the match award, for making some sensational saves during the first half to prevent Jermain Defoe, Tom Huddlestone and Benoit Assou-Ekotto from scoring.
"It was just an enjoyable day, I love playing football," he told Sky Sports.
"It was just another game I was looking forward to."
The 23-year-old shot-stopper also believes that one top performance does not mean that he has overthrown Given to pin down the No.1 spot at the club, saying: "No. Shay Given is the other goalkeeper and I'm sure he'll get chances. We'll be pushing each other, he's a great goalkeeper."
Hart also believes that it was important to get a result on the opening day of the season, particularly owing to the barrage in the first half.
"We needed to get a result today as a big team," he said. "We had to dig in in the first half.
"But we had a few chances and maybe we could have taken them."