York manager Gary Mills insisted Matty Blair had made a perfect first-team return after opening his account in the Football League to help the Minstermen defeat Aldershot 2-0.
Blair was central to York's promotion-winning campaign last term but had only made one League Two start this season before lining up at the Recreation Ground, where he duly opened the scoring three minutes after the break.
Jason Walker scored the second from the penalty spot in the 51st minute after he was tripped by Sonny Bradley, making certain of the points.
"I am very happy to score two goals away from home and to keep a clean sheet. We had numerous chances to score more, but it was excellent," Mills said.
"In the first half I didn't feel we got going and it was a bit dead, but we addressed that at half-time and Matty Blair seemed to find a second wind and he got into it. I thought Jason Walker was outstanding and he deserved the penalty.
"I like Matty in that midfield role and it's nice to have him back and scoring goals."
Aldershot should have opened the scoring after 20 minutes when Michael Ingham could only parry Danny Hylton's shot to Craig Reid, but the striker hit a post from two yards.
However they were grateful for goalkeeper Jamie Young for keeping them level until York's second-half show, and boss Dean Holdsworth accepted they were short on belief.
"The timing of the goals couldn't have been any worse for us really," he said. "We lost possession cheaply and to be fair to York they picked us off. To concede two goals in four minutes made it such an uphill task for us.
"I thought we were the better side in the first half and we asked them to pass the ball as brightly as we could. Their goals shocked us a bit and it's not a nice feeling to lose at home because we trained and worked really hard all week, but those two goals affected everything."