A delighted Jon McCarthy said good preparation had been central to Chester FC beating Welling United 4-0 to take a giant step towards National League survival.
John Rooney netted in either half having earlier missed a penalty before further goals from Kane Richards and Tom Shaw gave McCarthy his first victory as caretaker and moved the Blues five points clear of the relegation places with two games left.
McCarthy and his assistant, club captain Ian Sharps, had been hopeful of an improved performance after their first full week in charge and the team delivered one as bottom-of-the-table Welling's relegation was confirmed with a whimper.
While Chester still need a point to be sure, the threat of relegation no longer looms quite as large and McCarthy was pleased with how the players handled the pressure of the occasion, singling out Rooney for special praise after his emphatic response to missing from the spot.
McCarthy said: "I didn't think it was too nervous a start, the missed penalty made it nervous but it actually felt like a really positive start, we played some great stuff and the move for penalty was excellent.
"We had a really good week in terms of preparation and I was little bit lost before the game because I had nothing to do but actually we'd done everything and that was the reassuring thing.
"With the greatest respect to Welling, they were below us in the table so there should have been no anxiety in terms of what we were coming up against.
"We were at home and we knew the fans, despite what's been going on, would be pulling in the same direction and we were well prepared so that takes away a lot of the anxiety.
"You still hope a decision doesn't go against you and we could have been affected by the penalty but I trust John Rooney and he missed that one but then he bends a hard one and goes and gets two. When you need somebody to go and do that he goes and does it.
"It's really pleasing because we know it means a lot to people around here and we know it takes a lot of pressure off.
"We're not quite over the line because of Boreham Wood's result but it was a massive performance for everybody involved in the club and we've gone and done it and done it well."
With leading scorer Ross Hannah and Sam Hughes unavailable, Luke George struggling and Ben Heneghan having to pass a fitness test, McCarthy made four changes, recalling Jordan Chapell, Kane Richards, Ryan Higgins and Ryan Lloyd.
Richards in particular made a real impact in his preferred central role next to an in-the-mood James Alabi, scoring once and having a hand in two more.
McCarthy was happy to see a good week on the training ground being translated into a good performance on the pitch, backing up his and Sharps' pre-match optimism.
He said: "The players seemed to take everything on board really well and showed that.
"There was some excitement with Kane Richards and James Alabai. People get frustrated with James but you've seen enough times what he can do when he gets it.
"It all came together. I spoke during the week about how it felt, it felt good and it felt like we were in a position to go and do it so for it to happen in that manner is really pleasing."