Wycombe Wanderers caretaker manager Gareth Ainsworth admitted he was full of pride after his side battled to a 1-1 draw with Plymouth Argyle at Adams Park to secure the first point of his reign.
The boss, 39, played a vital role in Matt McClure's opening goal, only for Guy Madjo to level for the visitors with a second-half header. But the player-manager's voice cracked with passion as he paid tribute to the efforts of the Wanderers squad, who almost snatched a win at the death when Joel Grant's powerful effort was clawed away by Argyle keeper Jake Cole.
"To say that there was emotion in my voice talking to the boys on the pitch in the huddle at the end and in the dressing room would be an understatement," he said.
"They know what they mean to me and I've told them that the season starts here today because that's the best performance I've seen at Adams Park for many a day, and that's no disrespect to anyone in the past.
"I couldn't be prouder. We had 18-year-olds out there at the end and the youngsters put in as much effort as the 40-year-old who had to go off.
"It was an amazing performance by the lads. We're not getting carried away, we didn't win, but I think it's a step in the right direction."
Plymouth boss Carl Fletcher said: "We could have had three points tonight but we could have got none as well.
"We knew it was going to be tough. Obviously Wycombe had just changed their manager and it was the first home game since the change. The players and the fans were always going to be up for it.
"Once we conceded I was pleased with the way we responded, and we actually passed the ball around."