On a day that saw Wayne Rooney break through the 100-goal mark for United thanks to a brace, Owen entered the fray in the 72nd minute and 13 minutes later beat goalkeeper Chris Kirkland with a cool finish to make it 4-0. It was a clever strike by the former Newcastle striker, who arrived in the summer.
After a week that had seen Ferguson give his public backing for Owen and Dimitar Berbatov - who also scored at the DW Stadium - the wily Scot admitted that he was not that surprised by Owen's strike.
"That is what he needed, he needed a goal," said the Old Trafford boss.
"It is what he is made of. All his career has been about goals.
"He is one the best finishers this country has ever had. Today can only help him.
"I was so pleased for him and Dimitar Berbatov. If the strikers keep doing that it gives us a big chance."
Nani sewed things up with a blistering free-kick in stoppage time and Ferguson was pleased with the way his players reacted to their midweek humbling at Turf Moor, especially in the second half.
He added: "You have got to react to defeat and it is always a challenge. But we got a really good response today.
"When you are making chances and dont take them it is a worry. We made six chances in the first half and did not take any.
"But the important thing is to have the patience to keep playing and keep believing and we did that."