Wanderers were able to take plenty of positives as the side booked their place in the third round of the Carling Cup after a professional and patient performance against a gutsy MacclesfieldTown side.
Debutant Tuncay Sanli was instrumental in the win, playing a part in both of Wanderers' goals, scoring the first before expertly teeing up Martin Petrov for the second.
An added bonus for Owen Coyle was the impressive performance of 19-year-old academy graduate Joe Riley, who not only set up the Turkish international's goal, but impressed for the full 90 minutes in the right-back role.
The second-half also saw fellow youngsters Adam Blakeman and Michael O'Halloran make their first ever senior appearances in a Wanderers shirt, with the final scoreline not really reflecting the constant waves of Bolton pressure for the duration of the game.
Wanderers boss Coyle made eight changes to the starting line-up that had previously suffered a narrow defeat against Manchester City. Arguably the most notable inclusion was Tuncay, whose pursuit of a work permit following his loan move from Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg had finally come to fruition.
And it was the former Stoke City and Middlesbrough striker who was right in the thick of the action from the off. Petrov, one of those keeping their place in the starting line-up, sprang a swift Wanderers counter-attack, galloping the length of the pitch before squaring from the left flank for Tuncay whose shot fizzed narrowly over Jose Veiga's crossbar.
With Wanderers dictating possession from the back and Riley looking comfortable at right-back, it came as a somewhat surprise for the travelling Macclesfield fans when their side took the lead 11 minutes in.
Tony Diagne slipped a slide rule ball in behind David Wheater on to which the pacey Emile Sinclair latched on to. In the clear, it was a foot race between Sinclair and Wanderers stopper Adam Bogdan to the loose ball, with the visitor's striker narrowly coming up trumps. His touch around the onrushing Bogdan left him with a simple task of rolling the ball into an empty net.
Wanderers weren't deterred however, and Robbie Blake, who displayed some wonderful touches throughout the course of the evening, dragged a left-foot shot wide whilst Darren Pratley, making his first competitive start for the Whites, came within a whisker of levelling with a volley from the edge of the area.
The Silkmen seemed quite happy to sit back and soak up the Wanderers pressure, whilst relying on lone striker Sinclair to be the focal point of any rare attacks. Sam Wedgbury did fire narrowly over Bogdan's goal in a rare foray into the Wanderers half, before on the half-hour mark it looked like Petrov had found an equaliser after finding space in the left channel, only to see his thunderbolt cannon back off the foot of the post.
The one-way traffic continued up until the half-time break, as Riley skipped in from the right and saw Veiga gather his drive at the second attempt.
Coyle introduced Kevin Davies at the interval as Bolton came out and attacked from the first second after the restart. Tuncay forced Veiga into an unorthodox save at his near post before Wanderers' persistence finally paid dividends.
Riley, who looked comfortable all evening, expertly arced a ball into the danger zone from the right flank for the waiting Tuncay to slam home from close range.
A free-kick from distance from Diagne forced Bogdan into a smart low save, and kept the Wanderers defence on their toes, whilst another youngster, Blakeman, was brought on in place of Marcos Alonso.
And it took until 15 minutes from time for the inevitable second Wanderers goal to come. An exquisite ball was clipped over a static Macclesfield defence by Tuncay, with Petrov the beneficiary, taking a touch to set himself before emphatically converting beyond Veiga.
Wanderers nearly had a third when another youngster, Scottish striker O'Halloran, side-footed narrowly wide from just inside the area following neat work from Blake.
Ultimately it was to be Petrov's goal that was to prove decisive, as the Whites cemented their place in the third round.
Wanderers: Bogdan, Alonso (Blakeman 55), Knight, Wheater, Riley, Eagles (K Davies 46), M M Davies, Pratley, Petrov (O'Halloran 78), Blake, Tuncay (Unused substitutes: Lainton, Cahill, Klasnic, Connolly)
Macclesfield Town: Veiga, Tremarco, Kay, Brown, Chalmers (Mendy 70), Draper, Sinclair (Mukendi 59), Diagne, Brisley, Wedgbury (Hamshaw 76), Hewitt (Unused substitutes: Bateson, Grant, Hamshaw, Tomlinson, Mills)