JOHN Coleman admitted that Stanley's 5-4 win over Northampton was a rollercoaster.
Debutant John O'Sullivan scored a brace as did defender Rob Atkinson with new boy Sean Maguire also adding to the scoreline.
But Northampton did make it tight for the Reds with a Marc Richards header, an Ivan Toney double and a late Darren Carter goal putting the pressure on Coleman's side.
“I was just thinking, we never do things the easy way and it was like me and Jimmy (Bell) had never been away,” said Coleman, who returned as the Stanley boss on Thursday with coach Jimmy Bell.
“It's a great win but it is tinged with a bit of disappointment that we conceded four.
“The lads were terrific though. We went in with a game plan and to play a certain style of football under me. I wanted the players to go out and express themselves and enjoy it – and I think they did.
“Obviously we don't want to have to score five every week to win a game but it is three points and we were superb.
“I said to Jimmy last night wouldn't it be great if we won with debutants John and Sean scoring but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would happen.”