Wigan eased into the third round of the Carling Cup with a 4-0 home win against Notts County.
Henri Camara made his first start for the Latics since last year's second-round defeat by Hull and celebrated with a goal in each half.
New signing Amr Zaki came off the bench to score his second goal in three games on the hour mark while fellow substitute Tomasz Kupisz claimed his first goal for the club in stoppage time.
Camara spent last season on loan at West Ham but failed to score a single goal in a nightmare campaign.
The Senegal striker returned to the JJB Stadium and took full advantage of his first start of the season with a superb 32nd-minute opener to shatter the resistance of spirited but limited League Two opposition.
Daniel De Ridder, Michael Brown and Kevin Kilbane also made their mark as Bruce made six changes from the side which lost 1-0 at home to Chelsea on Sunday.
The visitors' goal line led a charmed existence from the outset and it was Wigan's fringe players who were keenest to make their mark.
In the fifth minute, midfielder Brown collected possession some 25 yards from goal and showed delightful footwork and no little pace to glide past a clutch of stranded Magpies defenders and reach the left-hand byline.
His deep cross was cleared but a minute later an astute lay-off from Camara gave De Ridder the chance to strike a low shot into Russell Hoult's midriff.
Camara was as eager as anyone to make an impression and in the 10th minute he released Kilbane with an astute pass down the left flank.
The former Everton man advanced forward into the visitors' 18-yard box but his disappointing low shot whistled well wide of Hoult's far post.
Camara's menace surfaced again in the 17th minute when he expertly played in Antonio Valencia, but his low strike was blocked.
Less than 60 seconds later De Ridder again warmed Hoult's hands from distance but that was nothing compared to the save that denied Camara in the 28th minute.
Kilbane's cultured pass sent Camara scampering clear deep in Magpies territory and he cut inside a visiting defender before unleashing a fierce shot from 12 yards which forced Hoult into a fine parried save.
Yet Hoult was powerless to prevent Camara opening the scoring with a strike that so typified his desire to almost single-handedly take the game by the scruff of the neck.
He collected a pass from left-back Maynor Figueroa on the edge of the 18-yard box and rifled a low shot past Hoult and into the bottom corner.
It was his first goal at club level since he found the net for Wigan in a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough on December 9, 2006.
Wigan made the game safe on the hour mark when half-time substitute Zaki set the willing Kilbane free down the left flank and raced into the box.
Zaki timed his run to perfection to greet Kilbane's low delivery with a cool sidefooted finish which flew into the net from six yards.
Two minutes later and the game was made safe thanks to Camara, who beat the offside trap to head Zaki's cross past Hoult from 10 yards.
Wigan continued to press but they could not add to their tally until the last minute when Kupisz produced a neat finish to make the scoreline more reflective of their dominance.
|Wigan Athletic||Team Statistics||Notts County|
|1||1st Half Goals||0|
|10||Shots on Target||1|
|8||Shots off Target||5|