PROUD Giants coach Jon Sharp believes yesterday's stunning 26-22 Super League triumph over Castleford Tigers was a victory for endeavour.
Sharp became the first Giants coach in six attempts to win a game on the opening day of a Super League season.
That in itself is a cause for celebration.
But for Sharp it simply marks the start of what he hopes will lead on to bigger and greater things.
"It is good for the Giants to have finally won an opening-day fixture in Super League," said Sharp.
"But we have obviously set ourselves plenty more goals than that!
"Yesterday's performance showed that we have plenty of work still to do and that there are lots of areas where we need to make improvements.
"I admit that some of our play wasn't great, this was a victory for endeavour as much as anything.
"While our execution was not that great and our sharpness wasn't there, the boys showed a tremendous amount of resilience and I was proud at the way they stuck at it.
"My aim is to try and play a more expansive game and ask questions of the opposition, which is something we did start to do and why we sapped Castleford's strength towards the end.
"But there's still major room for improvement. We really can only get better."
Victory for Sharp and his men was achieved courtesy of a 76th-minute try from Brandon Costin.
The loose forward remained a doubt until the day of the game with an ankle knock, which forced him to miss the pre-season defeat at Leeds a fortnight ago.
And Sharp admits the call could have gone either way.
"We gave Brandon until the morning of the game to prove his fitness, and it was a close call," added Sharp.
"With the way things turned out, we're obviously delighted he played.
"But yet again, this was a win based on solid work from players all across the park, and I'm delighted their efforts paid off."
One downside from yesterday was tha placing on report of Darren Turner after a claim by Castleford's Sean Ryan that the Giants hooker had bitten him.
That prompted Ryan to throw a punch at Turner, forcing referee Ronnie Laughton to hand the incident on to the RFL disciplinary committee.