Chris Hughton felt Norwich's 1-0 Capital One Cup win over Doncaster at Carrow Road was a fitting tribute to former manager John Bond.
The Canaries held a minute's silence before kick-off in honour of the late Bond, who was in charge for a seven-season spell from the mid-1970s that included leading the Norfolk club to the League Cup final.
Alexander Tettey marked his debut with the only goal of the game midway through the first half to set up a home tie with Tottenham in the last 16.
"When I came to this club in the summer, the first name you think of as former managers is John Bond," Hughton said.
"If I am able to be at this club anywhere near as long as John was, then I would be incredibly lucky. He will be thought of very fondly by a lot of people."
Hughton was part of the Tottenham side which played against Bond's Manchester City in the 1981 FA Cup final.
He added: "It was fitting that Norwich won, but also there was a nice respect from the crowd for a minute's silence, and we also have to applaud the Doncaster support for that as well."
The only disappointment for Hughton was seeing on-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane carried off in the second half with an ankle injury.
Norwich created plenty of chances, but were thwarted by Rovers goalkeeper Gary Woods and some last-gasp defending.
"We should have had a few more goals, but it is not as if we had clear-cut chances," said the former Newcastle boss.
"At 1-0, they are still in the game, and then it can become a bit tense, so we could have made life easier for ourselves."
On Kane's injury, he added: "There was no contact with the keeper, he just fell as he went for the ball. We are hoping the news in the morning will not be so bad."
Doncaster counterpart Dean Saunders felt his League One side created enough chances to have at least got on the scoresheet.
Their best opportunity came in the closing stages when substitute David Syers couldn't get enough on James Husband's low cross from the left flank.
Saunders said: "We have created 10 chances away from home, and have not scored. The killer instinct was missing. You have to be ruthless in front of goal. I am sick.
"I felt we could have won the game tonight because they were not at full strength.
"It was an upset waiting to happen. We created the chances, but never took them."