Derby manager Nigel Clough is keen for his side's 1-0 first round victory over Oldham at Boundary Park to mark the start of a decent run in the Capital One Cup.
Michael Jacobs scored what proved to be the winner after 20 minutes and despite their opponents going close through Adam Rooney and Jonson Clarke-Harris, County held out for the win, their first in the League Cup since they advanced to the semi-finals in 2009.
"This has been a long time coming and it would be nice if it was the start of a cup run," said Clough.
"The League Cup tends to be a competition for the underdogs and you come to places like this knowing they will make it very difficult for you.
"We were up against a good side in Oldham, who are a credit to their manager (Lee Johnson).
"We've come out with a victory and a place in the next round, so I'm perfectly happy with that.
"I wasn't happy with our first-half performance, but we controlled it after half-time and could have scored more than one - we should have at least one penalty, maybe three.
"The goal we did score was brilliant. There was a great ball from John Eustace and Conor Sammon rolled it across for Michael Jacobs, so it was a great team goal.
"The clean sheet was pleasing as well. Our centre-backs and 'keeper deserved a clean sheet against Blackburn on Sunday but they got that reward tonight."
Johnson felt his side performed well but admitted their naivety showed through at times.
"It was a decent game and both sides had their chances, but I'm disappointed with our second half," he said.
"We were all about the first-half performance and I found out tonight that we don't have a Championship mentality.
"At times our football can be at that level, but we have a lot of young players and you can't coach experience."