New Sunderland manager Roy Keane denied that it was his half-time team-talk that made the difference as the Black Cats won 2-1 at Derby County.
Goals from Chris Brown and Ross Wallace secured victory for Keane's new charges, but the former Manchester United hardman said he was calm at the interval, despite his side being a goal behind.
He commented: "I said very little to the players at half-time. I just told them to keep their heads and trust each other and things would be alright.
"It was a nice test for us after they scored. It was a test of character and I wanted to see how they'd react and they reacted in a way that I thought they would.
"When I took the job I said to the players that if they showed character they'd go a long way.
"Hopefully there's room for improvement, as I thought that we could have kept the ball better in the last 15 minutes."