Hodgson believes that having such pace in his forward line is going to provide England with a great counter-attacking threat in future games, and was also pleased with several other positives that were on show.
"That's going to be a weapon for us going forward, the pace and the mobility of our players, the technical ability," he told Sky Sports News.
"But more than that tonight, I think you saw the unbelievable work rate and unbelievable togetherness of the team, people like Rooney, Welbeck chasing back to make certain we weren't outnumbered.
"There are a lot of positives for me to take but we're not getting carried away. It was a good result but we have a lot of work still to do and we are rather hoping that it will at least give these boys a bit of confidence that if we can come here and win, we can go to other big teams."
England face San Marino in their next qualifier in October.