Mark Noble was delighted to have helped England's U21s to victory over Finland on Monday.
The Young Lions skipper admits Stuart Pearce's side were not at their free-flowing best during a 2-1 success over the Finns, but insists winning is all that matters.
England opened the scoring early on in Halmstads through Lee Cattermole, but saw Tim Sparv equalise from the penalty spot after Michael Mancienne had seen red for a clumsy challenge.
Pearce's side had to dig deep after the break and, despite their numerical disadvantage, they snatched a winner through Micah Richards' powerful header.
Noble accepts the performance did little to suggest England will be among the front-runners to take the crown, but claims three points will help to raise morale among the squad heading into a crunch clash with Spain on Thursday.
"We're delighted. We've got our three points on the board; no matter how we've done it, we've done it," the West Ham man told Sky Sports.
"I'm sure nobody's going to care we weren't playing 'Barcelona football' tonight. We won the game - that's all that matters.
"It's tournament football. So long as we win and get the three points on the board... We've got a tough game against Spain on Thursday and we're looking forward to it."
Noble felt the playing surface did England no favours at Orjans Vall, preventing them from playing in a style more suited to the calibre of creative talent they had on display.
"The last two weeks we've been playing on fast pitches, zinging the ball about for fun," he said.
"Today we got here and the pitch was dry, it was really hot - it suited them better than us."