Carlisle manager Greg Abbott felt mixed emotions on his return to Coventry after ensuring Mark Robins' reign as Sky Blues boss got off to a 2-1 defeat.
Coventry-born Abbott began his career with the Sky Blues where he failed to make the grade and described his winning homecoming as one of the "proudest days" of his managerial career.
"It's a little bit sad to come home and see my club in such a sorry state. They are going through tough times," he said.
"But in a bit of a selfish way it's about Carlisle for me and we are now within scratching distance of the play-offs. These were three important points for us. It is one of the proudest days of my managerial career."
Abbott's men took the lead after 25 minutes when Danny Cadamarteri scored from the penalty spot before David McGoldrick levelled seven minutes before half-time.
Danny Livesey headed Carlisle back in front after 57 minutes and despite MCGoldrick and substitute Cody McDonald both hitting the post, the visitors held on.
Robins was unimpressed with what he saw from his new side, but accepted they are at the start of a long road.
Robins said: "The clear thing from the game is that we are completely bereft of confidence.
"If we pass the ball forward with purpose we are going to create chances because they are better players than the opposition."
He added: "In some areas they have taken ideas on board, but two days was not enough. We are a million miles away at the moment."