Limerick manager John Kiely was delighted with his side's display against Tipperary as they secured a first home Munster Championship victory since 2013.
The Treaty men restricted their more fancied opponents to just five points from play en route to a 1-24 to 2-14 triumph at the Gaelic Grounds.
It was also a first Championship win for Kiely after defeats to Clare and Kilkenny last year.
"We hadn't won a Championship match in a couple of years," he told RTÉ Sport. "That was a little bit of a wait that was on us coming into the game.
"We had played quite well in the last number of months but that's a big weight off our backs.
"We dominated really from start to finish and it was only a couple of goals that kept Tipp in it really.
"I just thought we were very solid all day. We manned up really well. we dominated on their puckout. We finished very strong.
"Even in the last 15 minutes, buckets of ball went in around our defence but we always looked very secure on the ball."
Limerick will get a rest next weekend before travelling to Pairc Ui Chaoimh on 2 June for the first of their two away fixtures.
"To get a home win is crucial in these competitions," said Kiely.
"It's a win under the belt but it's only one out of four.
"We go to Cork in two weeks' time and that's the only focus we'll have from now on."
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Forward Graeme Mulcahy, who hit four points from play, said it was a relief to be in a good position at this early stage of the new round-robin competition.
"It's good to get off to a winning start," he said. "The way the new format is, if you get off to a losing start, you're under pressure straight away.
"I thought we were well on top throughout the game.
"The two goals were sucker punches a bit but the reaction, we kept plugging away and got a few scores. From there we closed it out in the last 10 minutes."
He also predicted the Na Piarsaigh contingent will have a say on Limerick's contingent as they find their way back into the panel after a run to the All-Ireland club final.
"We've only had them the last three weeks and the impact they've made has been unbelievable," he said.
"David Dempsey and Mike Casey came on today and played a massive part."