Galway manager Micheál Donoghue has hailed the attitude of his charges after the Tribesmen made a winning start to Division 1A of the Allianz Hurling League against Cork at Pearse Stadium.
Donoghue replaced Anthony Cunningham in December after a player revolt led to Cunningham tendering his resignation.
However, the new boss has clearly no misgivings about the character of his side and praised them effusively after their 1-27 to 1-21 win over the Rebels.
“I think it was an honest performance by the lads,” the Clarinbridge man said.
“Right from the start they showed a great attitude and application to the game, and had built up a nice lead by half-time.
“I’m delighted with the result but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
“It’s nice to get off and running but the next couple of weeks are going to be tough now and fairly intense with the games in Division 1 so competitive.
James Skehill replaced Colm Callanan in the Galway goal, with Donoghue welcoming the strength in depth available to him for the position.
“Colm was away for a period over Christmas, so he’s just back with us for the last two or three weeks,” he explained.
“It’s good to have two top-quality keepers in James and Colm - the competition is healthy between the two of them.”
Galway players can now look forward to a rather gentle week of preparation for their match against Dublin at Parnell Park on Saturday, which affords them just a six-day turnaround.
“I think this week is just going to be about recovery and looking forward to Saturday evening" - Galway manager Micheál Donoghue looks ahead to preparations for next Saturday's game against Dublin
“It’s going to be a big ask," Donoghue conceded.
“I thought in the second half, in the last 10 or 15 minutes, fatigue was a big factor for us so we’re a bit behind in our preparation.
“I think this week is just going to be about recovery and looking forward to Saturday evening.”
Vanquished Cork boss Kieran Kingston acknowledged that his side were very much second best on the day, but still found cause for optimism.
"From our point of view, there were some positives to take it, both individually and collectively," Kingston said.
“I suppose that scoring 1-21 and still losing by six points was disappointing.
“But we were playing a very good Galway team today who obviously had a lot of work done and on the day they were better than us.”
A number of Cork hurlers looked rather rusty, and a much-improved display will be required to compete with a Waterford side that made a winning start against Kilkenny when the sides meet next weekend.
“We’ve done a lot of work indoors and not a lot outdoors, as you can probably see from some of our play today,” Kingston admitted. “But that’s understandable with the weather conditions that we’ve had.
“We’ll obviously do a lot more hurling over the next couple of months, but we know that we’ve a lot to do and that’s where we’re really going to focus on.
“We’ve a very tough game next Saturday against Waterford.
“I understand that they won today. That was a great win for them.
“Last year, Cork lost twice to them in the championship and the league final, so that’s a very tough assignment for us.”