Coach Uwe Rosler insisted it was no gamble throwing debutant Jack Sowerby in at the deep end in Fleetwood's 2-0 win over Peterborough.
Sowerby, making his full debut, bagged his first Football League goal after just three minutes.
Ash Hunter's pass split the Posh defence and Sowerby, signed from North West Counties side Squires Gate, converted with a cool finish.
Rosler said: "It wasn't a gamble at all. It was a huge example for our whole club that you can play yourself in.
"He played well in a development game in the week and was very good, but on Thursday he wasn't in the starting 11.
"But throughout the training session he played himself in. Today I had no headaches before the game and no worry whatsoever.
"I saw it with my own eyes and I trust the quality of my staff. They completely agreed to play him.
"He did himself proud, not only because of the goal. He showed no nerves. He brought exactly to the table what we were hoping for."
Bobby Grant's second-half goal helped to secure Fleetwood's first victory in six matches and Rosler added: "It's a win that was needed.
"We were very close against Sheffield United. That was a really battling performance.
"Today we got back to winning ways. I always had a good feeling.
"We had a good 10 days working on our shape and our game plan and that paid off."
Manager Grant McCann accepted Peterborough were well below their best.
He said: "We were terrible, right from the start. We conceded a goal again in the first few minutes, we were switching off, our concentration levels weren't there.
"We huffed and puffed the rest of the first half out. Everything about us was lacklustre and it just wasn't good enough.
"Early goals is a problem we need to address and address quickly.
"We had a couple of half chances we possibly could have scored but second half we were very, very poor.
"We didn't move the ball quick enough, we didn't have the heart, passion and desire to win the ball from midfield.
"We're looking at Jimmy Ryan and he ran the game for them. I thought they were better than us all over the park."
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