Neil Aspin says his side secured an ‘absolutely vital’ win as they overcame Wrexham 3-2 in a pulsating game at the Shay.
Town recovered from Simon Ainge’s own-goal to lead 3-1 at half-time through Lois Maynard, a Josh Wilson penalty and Lee Gregory.
But 10-man Wrexham stormed back in the second-half and reduced the arrears with Adrian Cieslewicz’s goal.
The Town boss said he was delighted to get the win, especially in such testing circumstances, with some of his players stuck on the M62 less than an hour before kick-off.
He said: “When you get half your team stuck in the traffic on the motorway it’s not the best preparation before the game.
“But the first three points when you come up into a new league is absolutely vital, and we’re delighted to get them in the first two games.
“Considering we’ve just played on Sunday with nine men for most of the game it’s a fantastic effort by the players to get the result.
“We had a good spell and it was important we got the goals in that spell.
“I felt for Wrexham over the sending-off because a penalty should be enough in that case.
“If you’d said before the game we’d get three points, I’d have taken them in any fashion.
“It’s been an eventful two games, very entertaining, and I don’t you could’ve written the script for them.”
Town visibly tired after the interval having played with nine men for so long at Cambridge on Sunday, and the Welsh side almost took advantage with a much improved second-half display which impressed the Town chief.
He said: “I thought we played really well in the first half and we looked quite fresh.
“They’ve had to show a lot of character to come back, although I thought Wrexham were excellent in the second-half.
“We looked like we had 10 men and I thought Wrexham were excellent.
“We were tired, there’s no doubt about it. Energy levels had really dropped and I wouldn’t have liked to have gone on much longer.
“They passed it really well, good movement and they’re a good side.
“I didn’t enjoy the second-half at all but regardless of how we got the result I’m delighted to get the three points on the board.”
Phil Senior made a rare league appearance between the sticks with Matt Glennon serving a one-match ban and Tom Morgan suffering a thumb problem that restricted him to the bench.
Aspin said his goalkeeping conundrum has summed up a frantic start to the season for him.
He added: “We had Matt sent-off, Phil’s away on holiday, we then get in Tom whose done really well but when I spoke to him on Monday he had a problem with his thumb and he said he wouldn’t be fit.
“So I was then faced with bringing another goalkeeper in, but then he told me he thought he could go on the bench, which solved one headache.
“But it hasn’t gone smoothly over these two games and I’m hoping it gets easier.”
Click on the multimedia link on this page to see a picture gallery from the game. Photos by Bruce Fitzgerald.