Joe Dunne saluted his players after they helped him make a winning start as Colchester manager with a 3-1 home victory over Hartlepool.
Two goals from debutant Jabo Ibehre and Gavin Massey's fine finish helped the U's come from behind to win their first game of the season, following Craig Lynch's early opener for the visitors.
Dunne, who succeeded the sacked John Ward as U's manager on Thursday, said: "All of the credit goes to the players because I thought that they were outstanding. I said in the week that I wanted them to play in a certain way and I think we saw that.
"I know that it's not going to go well all of the time as we saw with their first goal, with the pass that was playing infield. But it's about being brave and I think our players were brave, so outstanding credit to those individuals who have done it.
"We had real strength out there and every time I looked behind me, I saw a bench that have an impact.
"This win has been planned all week and I suppose that's the greatest feeling that you can have, to see what you want in your mind on the pitch. I'm delighted to get the win, but I also understand that it's one win."
Hartlepool Neale Cooper was furious with his side's defending.
He said: "Individual errors really cost us and I thought to myself 'what am I watching here?'. We gifted them their goals and that's killing us. They crucified us with the balls through the middle.
"A player made a decision on the pitch to pull somebody back, which we didn't want to happen. That led to them scoring their first goal and it came straight through the middle.
"Their second goal was something that you can't work on in training, because it was yet another individual error. That kind of defending is killing us and every attack they had was a worry. We talk to them during the week and we work on loads of stuff."