Grant McCann was pleased to see his Hull City side progress through to the next round of the Carabao Cup with a win against Sunderland on Saturday.
After the scores remained locked at 0-0 after 90 minutes, the Tigers won a penalty shoot-out 5-4 to book their place in the second round draw.
“We were against a side that is used to winning and probably would have finished in the play-offs had last season continued,” said McCann.
“It was a tough game and I thought we showed a good temperament in the first half to not concede when Sunderland were on top of us. We defended well although we rode our luck at times.
“The second half started off a bit cagey but I thought our fitness levels showed in the last 15 or 20 minutes and we looked like the team that was going to go on and win it towards the end.
“I was pleased with the penalties. The boys showed good composure to score five out of five. It was a good day’s work for us. We weren’t at our best but we showed a different side to us, one that we maybe didn’t show enough of last season. The togetherness was there to get that clean sheet.
“We want to change that losing habit that we had into a winning one and we’ve started well today.”
McCann confirmed after the game that Tom Eaves departed the action with an ankle injury during the first half that will need assessing.