Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore hailed veteran midfielder Andy Robinson as "unbelieveable" after his long-range hat-trick sank Carlisle 3-0 at Brunton Park.
Robinson was on target twice in the space of seven first-half minutes, then followed up with a blistering 30-yard free-kick after half-time, which ended any hopes Carlisle might have had of a fightback.
Moore said: "I was screaming at Robbo not to hit that third because it was miles out. The two free-kicks were superb. He has earned that.
"He's 32 and has great ability and keeps the ball for us. He is a winner and it's nice that he could come here and get himself a hat-trick."
Robinson stunned Carlisle with his 12th and 19th-minute strikes. The first came after Joe Thompson had spread the ball across the edge of the home penalty area and Robinson needed no second bidding, rifling the ball across goalkeeper Adam Collin into the top corner.
The second was a 25-yard free-kick, which eluded the defensive wall and just beat the diving Collin down by the goalkeeper's right-hand post. Robinson's hat-trick clincher, the first of his career, was a blast from all of 30 yards, which arrowed into the net.
Moore added: "If we had been more clinical it could have been five or six in the end. It was a fantastic performance. They threw a lot at us in the second half and I'm pleased with the clean sheet. We have pace in the side to counterattack. It's a good start to the season, but it's only a start. However it does breed confidence."
It was a deflating night for Carlisle, who looked desperately short of penetration without injured striker Lee Miller. Manager Greg Abbott admitted that his side has lacked "spirit and desire."
He said: "Hats off to the goals, but there is more to it than that. I will take my share of it, but these lads have to take responsibility. We need fight and better quality. The goals were fantastic, but we surrendered possession and played at a tempo bordering on testimonial match level."
The Carlisle boss added: "Nobody can be too upset if they lose their place on Saturday. I just want some fire in their belly and we will react to that."