Northampton boss Jim Mallinder was happy to see Wales wing George North get scoring his first try for Saints "out of the way" in Friday's drubbing of Sale.
Despite a few strong performances, the British and Irish Lions winger has been under pressure from fans to get off the mark since arriving at Franklin's Gardens from the Scarlets during the offseason.
The 21-year-old latched onto Jamie Elliott's offload to cruise over for Saints' second try on 23 minutes, much to the pleasure of the home crowd.
"He has got that out of the way now," said Mallinder.
"He was good tonight, tidy. He is taking his time, settling in and he is playing well for us. We are pleased with the way he is going.
"We played outstanding at times tonight; some of our attacking play and tempo was very good."
In front of the England coaching staff, scrum-half Lee Dickson also produced an excellent performance, rising to the challenge of the pressure put on him by the arrival Samoan Kahn Fotuali'i from Ospreys.
"I didn't have any doubts about how Lee would respond," said Mallinder.
"As soon as we wanted to sign Kahn I spoke to Lee and he more or less said 'yeah, bring it on'.
"The energy you get from him is absolutely fantastic, and that is magnified in terms of the way the rest of players play - he was the heart and soul of our side tonight.
"Jamie Elliott was very good as well. His kick-chase in the first half, where he bounced back on to his feet, we were unlucky not to score there and he was unlucky with his kick and chase round the man in the second half - he was the pick of the wingers today."
Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond was level-headed in his reaction.
"We were beaten by a better team," said Diamond.
"They got 19 points in front and we couldn't compete with them really.
"We managed to sort our set-piece out and compete with them in that area, but we made a couple of field position errors in the first half and they capitalised on it.
"It is easy to stick the cue back in the rack in games like this, but we kept going and I was pleased with quite a lot of it to be honest."