Stephen Bradley insists that Shamrock Rovers will be targeting progression from their group in the Europa Conference League after a morale-boosting 1-0 win over Ferencvaros on Thursday night.
The Hoops lost their Europa League play-off 4-1 on aggregate but the victory means they will be third seeds in the draw for today's third-tier group stages, where the financial rewards on offer include €500,000 for a win and €166,000 for a draw.
"We want to try to get out of the group," he told RTÉ Sport. "We're not going there just to make up numbers.
"You need the draw to help you obviously. But we're going there to win games."
Bradley was pleased with the improved display from his men at Tallaght Stadium.
"We just needed to be more aggressive in our positions and tonight we were," he said.
"Last week we gave them too much respect and when you come off the game against a team like that and give them space they hurt you. Our shape and transition was a lot better and we got our rewards.
"We know we were against a good side but we felt last week it wasn't a 4-0.
"To be fair to the players, they stepped up and won the game and kept this fantastic run going."
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Justin Ferizaj (17) was named RTÉ player of the match and the youngster went close to scoring in the first half.
"He's got real ability," said Bradley. "But the brilliant thing is he has come in, got his head down and worked hard, and listened. Tonight you could see he really listened to the tactical side of it.
"He's got to stay focused and keep working hard and hopefully he can play in many more nights like that for this club."
At the other end of the squad's age spectrum, Rovers also had 40-year-old goalkeeper Alan Mannus to thank for his role in the victory.
"He was brilliant again. He made two or three really good saves. That's what he does in big moments, he shows up."
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Goalscorer Andy Lyons, who had been strongly linked with Blackpool, insists he will be around for the upcoming European campaign as Rovers aim to maintain their year-long unbeaten home record.
"Absolutely," he said. "My full concentration is here,"
"A really good win tonight. We've made ourselves into a little fortress. Long may it continue, please God.
"We're grateful that we've got the group stages here."