Darren Ferguson said scoring the first goal was crucial in Doncaster’s 2-0 win against Colchester United.
Debutant Conor Grant fired Rovers ahead just before the break and Andy Williams sealed the victory in the second half.
Ferguson said: “It wasn’t a lucky win, I thought we deserved to win the game. But there’s loads of improvement in them.
“I thought the [first] goal helped us.
“For whatever reason there looked like there were some nerves from the players. There was some erratic passing, although saying that Nathan Tyson had a great chance at 0-0.
“We felt the first goal was always going to be an important one, and it was a bit of quality from Conor. Both goals were really good quality actually.
“The clean sheet is a bonus. At 2-0 Stucky made a great save which was as important as the goals we got.
“They had things in the box but generally we dealt with it okay.
“There’s loads to work on and I think there’s loads left in the tank with those players.
“They dug in today. There were a lot second balls in the first half, it was a bit scrappy.
“At half time I said ‘you’re not playing enough, it’s not quick enough, we need to raise the tempo’. I though we started the second half quite well.
“We could have had three of four on the break, Curtis [Main] in particular had a right chance at 2-0 which makes it easier.
“But today was all about getting the right result, coming off the back of two defeats, and that’s what we got.”
On his goalscorers, Ferguson said: “Conor’s a good player. We know he’s got that in him. It was a beautiful goal.
“And I think Andy deserves it for the way he goes about his job and the shift he puts in. He had a lot of time to think about the chance he had and he put it away well.”