Mattie McGleenan was delighted with his winning debut as Cavan manager against his native Tyrone.
Gerard Smith's 19th minute goal paved the way for a 1-13 to 0-12 victory for the Breffnimen, which puts a big dent in the Red Hands' ambitions of a landing a sixth successive Dr McKenna Cup.
"I thought we showed great heart, great character and it was my first game at this level, so it's even a great confidence-booster for me," McGleenan said in the Irish Daily Star.
"But this is only the first step in a very challenging season, with Division 1 football coming down the tracks.
"Everybody loves cups, I won a few with Scotstown (in Monaghan). Mickey (Harte) has taught me well and if he'd lend me the McKenna Cup this year I'll take it!"