Sean Roughan was pleased with the way City battled their way to a first win of the season at Notts County.
The Imps progressed into round two of the Carabao Cup with a 2-0 victory at Meadow Lane, with Roughan keen to praise the well-rounded nature of the performance.
He said: “A win is a win, no matter how you do it. We want to play well and win, which I thought we did.
“It was a game where we had to be compact and defend the box well. We put bodies on the line when we needed to and attacked with men when we needed to. Our focus is now on the next game on Saturday against Wycombe Wanderers.
Roughan also credited the work that has been put into attacking set pieces on the training ground, which led to the Irishman netting the opener against the Magpies.
He added: “We have worked a lot on set pieces on the training pitch. I was just lucky that Paudie O’Connor flicked it on. It possibly was going in but I had to make sure of it.
“We have big players in the box and it’s just about putting the chances away now.”