Stevenage boss Graham Westley is relieved to have finally broken his side's home duck by beating Rochdale 4-2 at Broadhall Way.
The goals flowed as last season's League Two play-off winners surged to a well-deserved victory. Craig Reid got the hosts off and running with an early opener before Dale skipper Gary Jones levelled.
However, two goals from Chris Beardsley handed Stevenage a 3-1 lead by the interval. A Neal Trotman own goal saw Boro go three clear before debutant David Ball pulled a goal back for the visitors.
"We were so strong at home throughout last season so I suppose it's been a bit of a mystery why it's taken us so long to win here so far this term," said Westley. "This one was worth waiting for, though. I thought we got exactly what we deserved from the game. We were clinical, we passed and moved the ball well and Rochdale had their work cut out trying to contain us at times.
"It leaves us handily placed in the table [Stevenage are now 10th in League One] and we just have to try and build on this result and really push on.
"We could do with tightening up at the back a little as I wasn't overjoyed with the defending at both of their goals, but a win is a win and we're moving along nicely."