Chris Hargreaves toasted a job well done after Torquay's 2-0 win at Wimbledon gave him a winning start to life as a manager.
Torquay took the lead after 29 minutes through Krystian Pearce and doubled their advantage before the break when on-loan striker Jayden Stockley scored two minutes before half-time.
George Francomb and Charlie Wyke both went close for the Dons in the second half but Hargreaves' men held on for a first win in five games.
And after enjoying the perfect start to his time as Torquay manager, Hargreaves admitted he could not have asked for more from his players.
"The guys who played were excellent and those who didn't play were great in the changing room, which is a good sign and gives me real hope going forward," he said.
"For the first run-out for me I want to thank the players because they were magnificent.
"I think we started really well and that set our tone for the game.
"We had great reactions to win the second ball throughout the match, and that was really pleasing.
"It was a great build-up for the second goal, really enjoyable to watch. We'd worked on a few things in training, although we didn't have long.
"We had to sit back a little bit towards the end and were under a fair bit of pressure at times but I felt comfortable with our shape and our defensive tactics.
"It was all hands to the pumps at times and it had to be. It was up to them to break us down. We were winning and we knew that they would put us under pressure."