Although she scolds him for doing such a thing, Sakura's inner self is shown to approve of this.

When Kakashi finally arrives and is hit by the eraser, her inner self is shown cheering for the success of Naruto's prank.

Haku then states that people become really strong for those they want to protect, referring to his own bond with Zabuza.

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During the bell test when Naruto shows off his Shadow Clones, Sakura is shown to be impressed.

After the team fails to pass the first test, they are given another chance.

She soon begins to notice his improvements in training as well.

When the team is practicing tree climbing, Sakura completes it with ease, showing off her chakra control and earning Naruto's praise.

When later called annoying by the real Sasuke, Sakura realizes how wrong she was to treat Naruto so poorly and decides to be nicer to him.

Not long after, when the just newly formed team is waiting for Kakashi, Naruto decides to prank Kakashi for being late by planting an eraser on the door.

However, it is revealed that he had wanted to grab his headband.

Surprised by his action, Sakura is shown to be admiring his will.

When Sakura first makes an appearance, Naruto is shown blushing, stating she was a very cute girl who he liked.