Keith Curle was a relieved man after a 1-0 victory over Stevenage got his Notts County tenure off to the perfect start on Wednesday.
Boro, whose last game saw them hold Premier League title challengers Tottenham 0-0 in the FA Cup, looked to have earned a slightly less glamorous goalless draw after frustrating the Magpies at Meadow Lane.
The visitors could have taken all three points had either Chris Beardsley or Don Cowan capitalised on an error-strewn defensive display by the hosts but County improved as the game went on and Jeff Hughes' winner in the 90th minute was just rewards, a perspective echoed by Curle.
"It was a fantastic result and I'm very pleased," Curle said. "Credit to Stevenage, they made it difficult for us to play. It has been difficult anyway because I've only had 45 minutes on the training ground with the players.
"I just tried to put them out in a way they were comfortable with. It's a platform to build on, one of the bricks we'll use to build on.
"There was always a belief that something was going to happen. We could tell that they wanted it and they knew all the rewards were there to take. The more you do on the football pitch, the more rewards you get."