Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd was relieved to see his side up and running after overcoming Newport 3-1 at Sixfields.
The Cobblers boss is still without some of his key players so he was happy to see his team bounce back from last week's opening-day defeat at York and themidweek cup loss to MK Dons to pick up all three points against newly-promoted County.
"It is a relief considering our big players are out but it was a tough game and sometimes you need a game like that to make you realise what football is all about," said Boothroyd.
"You come back from your summer and you have to make sure you hit the ground running because teams like Newport will be at it, and they really were.
"For the first 15 minutes it was like the Alamo and we were just doing what we could to keep them out. They were very, very good.
"I do think that we gave them two or three opportunities through unforced errors that allowed them to get some momentum and get back into it. But in the end the result was deserved."
Jacob Blyth marked his Northampton debut with the opening goal. Signed on loan from Leicester only 24 hours earlier, the young striker gave the Cobblers the early lead which Roy O'Donovan doubled in the first half.
Gary Deegan added a third goal late on before substitute Connor Washington grabbed a late consolation for Newport.