WREXHAM were good value for their first victory since the opening day of the season yesterday, seeing off the challenge of League Two's early surprise package, Barnet, at the Racecourse.
The Bees, promoted from the Conference in May, had won each of their previous three away matches and it was easy to see why as they matched the Dragons for enterprise and effort.
But they could not cope with their opponents' slick passing and movement, which was the key to the home side's goals, the first of which came inside the opening minute.
Barnet could not have imagined a worst start, going behind before any of their players had touched the ball.
Paul Warhurst's first-time pass found Mark Jones in space and he picked out Walters, who had passed a fitness test to take his place in the starting line-up.
The former Hull striker forced Barnet keeper Scott Tynan into a save but he was unable to hold on to the ball and Jones had the simplest of tasks to steer the rebound into an unguarded net.
Barnet responded in spirited fashion with Dean Sinclair's low cross causing problems for the home defence before a miscued Alex Smith clearance fell perfectly for Guiliano Grazioli, whose volley on the turn was blocked by Mike Ingham.
And Wrexham then failed to pick up Simon King, who drove the ball just too high from Richard Graham's 12th-minute corner, but they survived to once more put pressure on Tynan's Barnet goal.
Tynan went full-length to hold a long-range effort from Jones, following a neat interchange between Darren Ferguson and Robbie Foy, and an even better opportunity went begging when Smith cut inside, the ball running free to Walters, whose shot was stopped by the keeper with his feet.
Those misses might have proved costly had Grazioli been able to put away either of the two chances which then came his way, but he fired one efort wide and saw Ingham hold his 29th-minute header from another Barnet corner.
And the Dragons finaly increased their lead three minutes later after Ferguson picked out Foy from a corner and when the striker's shot was partially blocked, the ball fell perfectly for Warhurst to drill home from 10 yards.
Soon afterwards Jones went close to doubling his tally with a typically-fierce first-time shot that scraped the Barnet crossbar but the visitors were given hope when they won a penalty in first-half added time.
Dennis Lawrence allowed Sinclair to get beyond him in the penalty area, his despairing lunge from behind gave referee Trevor Parkes an easy decision. Ian Hendon's spot-kick hit Ingham but looped into the net.
There was more danger for the home side from the restart but Grazioli was inches away from connecting with a cross from Adam Gross and Ingham was relieved to watch a stinging effort from Sinclair whistle past the post.
The visitors, though, continued to look vulnerable at the back and only a saving tackle by Charles denied Foy following more good work by the energetic Walters before Wrexham restored their two-goal advantage in the 59th minute.
Once more it was a touch of class from the excellent Jones which broached the Barnet back line, his shimmy and reverse pass giving Foy the opportunity to curl a fine shot past Tynan.
The Wales under-21 international had been at the heart of his side's enterprising play but the goal was also a well-deserved reward for the Liverpool loan signing, who has taken no time at all to form an understanding with Walters.
Jones was replaced by Levi Mackin in the 73rd minute, leaving the field to a standing ovation.
Young substitute Mackin went close to a spectacular first-ever goal for the club within four minutes, meeting Smith's cross with a cushioned volley that Tynan did well to hold.
At 18, Mackin was the oldest of Wrexham's five substitutes and manager Denis Smith resisted the temptation to make further changes, instead relying on his experienced players to ride out a tiring final 20 minutes.
WREXHAM: Ingham; Linwood, Lawrence, Holt; Linwood, Mark Jones (Mackin 73), Ferguson, Williams, Smith; Walters, Foy. Subs: Michael Jones, Harris, Done, Reed. BOOKED: Holt, Williams, Warhurst.
BARNET: Tynan; Hendon, King, Charles, Gross; Sinclair, Bailey, Lee, Strevens (Soares 68), Graham (Roache 71); Grazioli. Subs: Fitney, Batt, Bowditch.
BOOKED: Gross, Grazioli.
REFEREE: Trevor Parkes ATT: 3,768.