In stark contrast to their insipid loss against Tipperary, Dublin hurling manager Ger Cunningham saw much to be enthused about after his side got their Allianz HL Division 1A campaign back on track following a comfortable win over Galway on Saturday evening.
The Dubs ran out seven-point winners at Parnell Park and, as a result took some of the pressure off themslves following their their no-show against Tipp a week earlier.
Speaking after the victory over the Tribesmen, Cunningham said: "We improved 100 percent from the Tipp game where we simply didn't perform. We were very disappointed afterwards in spite of coming up against a very good Tipperary team who were really sharp on the night.
What was enncouraging against Galway was our attitude and work rate. We were committed to the game and got involved more. We wanted it more compared to the Tipperary game.
We were three points up at the break playing against a strong breeze. We showed good composure on the ball and once Sean (McGrath) got the goal after half time that was the cushion we needed. Having Liam Rushe back was a big boost. He was very commanding.
While it would be unfair to say that the knives were out in the wake of the 14-point loss to Tipperary, Cunningham did accept that some of the criticism directed at his side was warranted.
"We got criticism because we deserved it," he added.
"Maybe the expectation is that we should be performing a lot, lot better. The games in the league are very competitive - five very tough. Every point is vital is every point is going to be hard won. There were no more disappointed people than the players themselves."