STANLEY boss John Coleman has been at pains to point out that every win could be crucial this season in their quest for a play-off place.
And the opening day victory over Canvey Island could have a big bearing come the end of the season.
The Reds could easily have lost this curtain-raiser and begun the season with the jitters.
But instead they will have got a surge of confidence after David Brown scored the winner.
And the Reds will know they overcame a tricky task with Canvey proving a stronger outfit than they were last season as they too hope to be in the top five frame.
Stanley debutant goalie Stuart Jones had to be at the top of his form as Gulls prolific striker Lee Boylan, who scored 16 goals despite an injury-prone campaign last season, kept all the Reds defence on their toes.
And, at the other end, Steve Jagielka, Ian Craney and Gary Roberts could all have opened their own accounts for the season but wayward shooting deprived them of instant heroics.
It was always going to take a moment of magic to change the game - and Stanley's Brown provided it with his first touch of the game.
The striker had only been on the pitch for four minutes after Coleman switched things around to try and find the winning formula.
And the Reds charged forward, Andy Mangan's header looped into the danger area, it sailed over the head of Stuart Bimson and landed nicely for Brown who powerfully volleyed the ball home.
"It was a great goal," said Coleman. "He (Browny) has been short of confidence in front of goal recently so this will have done him the world of good."
But the boss was quick to point out that his side were lucky. Not only was Boylan a lifewire but former Stanley loanee Bimson hit a stunning 35 yard strike that for once had Jones beaten but hit the upright and bounced out to safety.
"Our keeper has made two great saves and they were unlucky with the one that hit the post," continued Coleman. "But we also squandered chances. A draw would have been the fair result but we nicked it in the end."
He admitted the game wasn't a classic with his new-look side - including four new signings in Michael Welch, Mangan, Leam Richardson and Jones - needing time to get used to their team-mates.
"There is better to come from us and we will get it right," said Coleman. "The side will take time to gel but there were some good performances. I thought Anthony Barry was tremendous. He has come on in leaps and bounds while the keeper did well but needs to get to know his backline a little better."
Midfielder Barry, on his Stanley league debut, did deserve a goal after a blistering second half run which saw him beat two defenders and he played in an inch-perfect cross. But unfortunately, no one could finish it with Jagielka scuffing the effort.
"You can't knock Jaggers as at least he is getting into those positions," said the boss.
Jagielka made way for Brown on 64 minutes and four minutes later the former Hereford man was being hugged by his team-mates.
"You can say it was an inspired subsitution but I just decided to change it around and give us a change of emphasis. Sometimes that works," admitted the Reds chief.
Stanley's confidence visibly grew after the goal while the Gulls finally ran out of steam and left the Interlink empty-handed.
"We were unlucky," said manager Jeff King. "But we can take a lot of heart from the performance against a team who I think will make the play-offs."