Sharks coach Brad Macleod-Henderson expressed his relief after his team's 33-25 win over the Lions on Friday.
The win was the first for the new coaching duo of Macleod-Henderson and Sean Everitt, working with new director of rugby Brendan Venter.
New recruit SP Marais's late interception was enough to seal the win in a see-sawing encounter, much to Macleod-Henderson's delight.
"There is a lot of relief [in the dressing room]. A lot of guys were playing their first or second games for the Sharks and it's fantastic for them to win," said Macleod-Henderson.
"It's always important to win and that's what we'll be judged on. But it is a process.
"We are at the beginning of our journey. I can certainly say that this week we were better than last week and we can hopefully get better and better in the weeks ahead."
"It was worrying when we were 6-17 down, especially because we had played most of the rugby.
"The reassuring thing was that we were doing all the running, so we knew if we continued doing that, we would be all right. But the starts we are having are a bit worrying and will be looked at more this week.
"The way the guys fought back was fantastic. When you're in that situation, your head might drop and you think the whole world's against you.
"But the guys stood up, fought back and got a great win."