Tipperary boss Liam Sheedy described his side’s seven-point Munster championship win over Cork at Páirc Uí Chaoimh as a good day at the office.
After last year’s early exit Tipp were under pressure to deliver and deliver they did, blowing the Rebels away on their home patch.
Sheedy walked into the room for his post-match media conference, slumped into the chair and joked ‘give me a minute here, I’m too old for this!’.
But there was no hiding his satisfaction having watched his team deliver a rounded, dominant performance which brought about a 2-28 to 1-24 win.
"It was a good day at the office," he said, speaking to RTÉ Sport. "These guys can play and I said it not long ago - we prepared really well and we knew what was ahead of us playing a team going for three in-a-row in Munster.
"Unless you perform you don’t win. We got a good start, but our discipline wasn’t good enough and we gave them eight placed balls in the first half.
"We got a great start to the second half, John McGrath’s goal was a piece of magic and it was hard for Cork to come back from that."
This is Sheedy’s second stint as Tipp manager, the first ending after he led the Premier County to the 2010 All-Ireland title, and times have changed.
Last time around a win in Cork could have booked them a Munster final place and a comfortable break to get themselves ready. In 2019 there’s seven days to prepare for the visit of a Waterford side badly in need of a win following their defeat by Clare at Walsh Park.
It’s all new to Sheedy, though he’s long enough around now to know that one win, no matter how impressive or who the opposition, doesn’t make a summer.
"Two points in the bank, no more," he insisted. "Two points will get you nowhere in this championship. The margins are really tight, this is a phenomenal championship, the best around - one win won’t get you through and that’s all we have.
"The recovery starts now. We have momentum after winning a match so the lads are mad to get out there again next Sunday and we are aware of the challenge that’s ahead of us."
Tipp’s forwards in particular were impressive as they blew Cork away, though an injury doubt now hangs over Niall O’Meara, who pulled up not long before the end and had to be taken off.
"It’s too early to say yet," said Sheedy, as he awaits the medical prognosis on the hard-working half-forward. "He put in a massive, massive shift and he ran from wing to wing. I’d really feel for Niall if he was ruled out because he was really hot today."