Gary Smith is celebrating his debut as Stevenage boss after guiding them to a 1-0 win over Notts County in the FA Cup fourth round.
The former Colorado Rapids manager, who was unveiled on Wednesday, saw his new side advance after when Damion Stewart deflected Luke Freeman's strike into his own goal early on at Broadhall Way on Saturday.
"This finishes off what has been a great week. It is a long time since I have met a group of players so spirited," Smith said.
"Some people said there was a lot of pressure on me because the team were on the up but it is nice to come in and win to keep momentum.
"Those guys still have things to get used to about me but they've been great and settled so quickly.
"It is wonderful to be in the next round. The FA Cup is the greatest competition in the world and being in the last 16 conjures up all sorts of weird and wonderful opportunities for us."