New coach Brian Noble was thrilled to begin life at Salford with a dramatic 34-30 victory over Castleford.
The Reds snatched victory when Ryan McGoldrick scored with nine minutes left, after intercepting a loose Rangi Chase pass, and Noble saw plenty of signs of promise during a 12-try epic.
"I'm really pleased for the players," he said. "We finished on the right side of a basketball-style game and it was thrilling and exciting.
"We had to show plenty of character to defend like we did in the last five minutes.
"We did a lot of good things going forward, though I know there is work to do after looking at the league ladder.
"But it can be cured in time and we need to start raising the bar. At times we looked good with the ball."
We were outmuscled
Cas caretaker boss Danny Orr said: "We didn't deserve to win and to concede 34 points was disappointing.
"We were outmuscled and our kicking game was terrible in the first half."
And Orr refused to point the finger at Chase, who played a key role in all six Cas tries before his late blunder.
"Rangi is a world-class player, as we could see from the things he did out there tonight," said Orr.
"You can only admire him and I'm not going to tell him to change his game.
"He knows that pass probably wasn't on but we did not help ourselves and got in an arm wrestle. We did not perform and self-destructed."