Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson wants the FA Cup win at FC Halifax Town – achieved with a helping hand from Huddersfield Town – to act as a springboard to improved fortunes in League One.
Town gave City permission to play loaned-out striker Jon Stead in the first-round showdown at The Shay.
And the 31-year-old scored the Bantams’ equaliser in a televised tie they went on to win 2-1.
It was Stead’s second goal of his latest loan spell at Valley Parade and a first win in six games for City, who have lost four of the last five in the league and slipped to 14th as a result.
“Our aim is to get our season going again,” said Parkinson.
“It was a proper old-fashioned cup tie. You look at the Conference (Halifax are up in fourth) and it’s not easy because of the physicality.
“That’s what we expected and we weren’t disappointed. The competitive element had to be there but the quality on the ball in the second half came from us.”
Town’s Matt Crooks was an unused substitute as Hartlepool United beat East Thurrock United 1-0 in the North-East while Jake Carroll also failed to get off the bench in Partick Thistle's 1-0 Scottish Premiership win at St Mirren.
Meanwhile John Smith’s Stadium teammate Danny Carr was left frustrated as Mansfield Town’s home clash with Concord Rangers was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch at Field Mill.
Oscar Gobern, meanwhile, was cup-tied for Chesterfield's 6-0 romp at Braintree Town.
The tie will now take place on Tuesday, November 18.