Dundee boss Neil McCann hailed the stopping power of new goalie Jack Hamilton as he claimed a debut clean sheet.
By the end of their 4-0 victory at Stirling Albion which started their Betfred Cup campaign, the Dark Blues were cruising to victory.
However, with the game at 0-0 and 1-0, the League Two side had chances to turn the game their way.
Their best effort came from the head of Jason Marr shortly after half-time but his powerful effort was well saved by new boy Hamilton with the keeper up quickly again to stop the rebound.
After that Sofien Moussa added his second of the game before debutant Jean Mendy and Craig Wighton goals capped a good start to the season for Dundee.
Boss Neil said: “I’m delighted, absolutely delighted.
“I said before the game that this was the season started for real now, there’s no more warm-ups.
“First of all, you want to win the game and then, afterwards, put on a bit of a show and score some goals so I’m pleased we did that.
“Stirling made it really difficult at times and it took a brilliant double stop from big Jack Hamilton, which is exactly why we brought him to the club. When he wasn’t used that much he makes a super stop at 1-0. We got a wee bit of a jolt and away we went.
“I’m really pleased, clean sheet, four goals and the front three scoring – I’m delighted.
“We were trying to work the ball through the middle of the park, the boys coming in for their competitive debuts looked good as well so, all in all, I’m pleased.”
As well as Hamilton and Mendy, there also were debuts for Nathan Ralph and Elton Ngwatala from the start with the latter replaced by another new boy Karl Madianga.
And Neil was happy to see them all make an impact, Mendy especially as he got off to a goalscoring start.
“He’s direct and the most important thing for me is he has an end product,” the Dens gaffer added.
“His finish was actually brilliant, he reversed it into the corner and you can see he’s got that eye for goal.
“He’s really intelligent, he’s not a young boy we’ve brought in or somebody at the twilight of his career – he’s at a real good age.
“Elton showed real good glimpses of his power and pace. He’s going to be great and he’s physically able to deal with the game here. Karl came on and showed glimpses as well. He’s a fantastic player so in the midfield I think we have some real exciting talent in there.”