Craig Hignett felt his side showed their true colours during the 1-0 win at Maidenhead United but insisted there is still plenty of improvement to come.
Niko Muir’s goal early in the second half proved decisive at York Road as Pools got their first win of the new campaign to settle any nerves in the dressing room and on the terraces.
Afterwards, Hignett paid tribute to the way his side went about it against The Magpies and wants that result to provide a platform for the rest of the season.
“I’m really pleased,” he told Pools TV.
“I said I wasn’t going to panic two games in and we would get better as a side – we’ve had to work hard for that result today but we’ve done it.
“We played some good stuff, we controlled the game and looked the better team. We got the goal through Niko and I am really pleased for him because he’s had to be patient for his chance.
“They went long, pushed at us and made it difficult but we defended well and bar one chance from a header I thought we looked fairly comfortable.
“Once we were in front we managed the game much better than we have in recent seasons and that shows we’re improving, that we’re a good side and we can still get better.
“All in all, it was a really good performance and a really pleasing three points.”