Dessie Farrell admitted it's been a "whirlwind" few weeks at the helm of the Dublin senior footballers after Saturday night's pulsating Allianz Football League draw with Kerry at Croke Park.
The Dubs were three points and a man down with 66 minutes played - Eric Lowndes was sent off ten minutes earlier - but they rallied brilliantly to lead deep into injury-time, before David Clifford levelled it with virtually the last kick of the game.
For new boss Farrell, it was a very worthwhile blowout as he took stock of his first few weeks in the hot seat.
"It was a great game, very competitive," he told RTÉ Sport.
"The two sides went at it and it was a great spectacle.
"It was straight in at the deep end. That's the way you'd want it. It was a hugely competitive game. The intensity of that game was significant. It was great to see, from my perspective, my lads being able to compete at that level and keep it going to the bitter end.
"It's been a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. The lads are only back two weeks so we haven't had much time on the practice ground, but that'll come over the course of the next couple of weeks."
Kingdom manager Peter Keane was similarly content with his troops after the late, late drama.
Kerry should have won it, almost lost it, and ultimately showed enough quality and steel overall to be happy with their night's work.
"It was enjoyable enough," said Keane.
"Forty scores in a game at the end of January is nice kicking but I suppose the pitch was in great shape. It was dry out there too, there was no dew or anything there because of the two games that had taken place earlier.
"It's always a tough game to have to come to Dublin. We're happy enough.
"They showed great resilience and great determination to go and be brave and go after it. We are relatively happy."
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