Tranmere boss Ronnie Moore declared himself satisfied after his players held promotion rivals Sheffield United to a 0-0 draw.
In a match dominated by defences, clear-cut opportunities were at a premium although both sides had chances to snatch a win.
"We've got to be pleased with that," Moore said. "I've got nothing but praise for the lads because they did everything we asked of them out there.
"How can you not be happy when you come to somewhere like this and come away with something? "You can't. That's the answer.
"And, to be honest, as the match went on I thought we looked the more likely to win."
Moore paid opposite number Danny Wilson a handsome tribute ahead of kick-off and claimed that if his team finish above the hosts in the table then they will "definitely be going up".
Nevertheless, despite making a flying start to the new campaign, Rovers' season is approaching a crossroads with several on-loan players already informed they will be returning to their parent clubs during next month's transfer window.
"We've got quite a few players out, the spine of the team in fact, so to do well here was very encouraging," Moore added.
"I thought it was like a game of chess out there to start with. But we stuck to the plan and got something out of the game which we wanted."