The Tigers came from behind to win a game for the first time this season as Jarrod Bowen’s second half brace saw McCann’s men recover after conceding an early Stoke opener.
“I thought we were controlled and we didn’t panic,” said McCann.
“We conceded early and it was a good goal from them – a good cross and a good header.
“After those first ten minutes we showed a real control and composure about our game. We didn’t get flustered. We didn’t get the goal before half time but the message at half time was to keep that control because our two midfield players were excellent.
“We got into some really good positions in the first half and I think we put 15 crosses into the box but only got on the end of two of them. We needed to show that little bit more authority and that was another message at half time.
“I thought we deserved the win and it’s the first time we’ve come back from going 1-0 down to win this season.
“The players have reacted from last weekend’s defeat at Barnsley with a win. We’ve done that a number of times this season, but coming from behind in this one will hopefully give us a little bit more belief and confidence if it happens again.”
Bowen’s brace took his tally for the season to 15 and McCann again had words of praise for his leading scorer.
“He was a little bit quiet in the first half and maybe getting a little bit frustrated because we weren’t getting the ball to him enough,” explained McCann.
“But the amount of times he’s found himself in the position that he did for the second goal this season – he’s probably scored five or six like that – and the first goal was a great strike.
“Every top team in this league has somebody like Jarrod – you look at Mitrovic at Fulham and people like that – they can score goals at vital moments.
“However, it was about the whole team performance out there and it was excellent today.”