Port Vale boss Micky Adams hailed his side's 3-1 win over Southend as the perfect tonic to all the off the pitch activity at Vale Park.
Justin Richards, Marc Richards and Louis Dodds were all on target for the Valiants in a week where Mike Newton attempted to take over Vale and become chairman.
Adams made it clear he did not want to get involved in the politics but said: "The win was a tonic. We deserved the win and should have scored more goals before half time.
"We could have opened Southend up at any time and to concede a goal was disappointing, but the defence was a bit disorganised because we had a man off the field.
"But it was an excellent partnership up front and it was great to see them both get a goal. It has been a good start to the season and the team is looking confident, but no one is getting carried away.
"We face an enormous test against Fulham in midweek in the Carling Cup, but it's a bonus game for us and we will just try our best."