Acting Swansea manager Garry Monk was delighted with the way his team put this week's problems behind them as they claimed a 3-0 south Wales derby victory over Cardiff.
Swansea parted company with manager Michael Laudrup on Tuesday evening, with veteran defender Monk and coach Alan Curtis taking charge of first-team affairs "for the foreseeable future."
Laudrup had been under increasing pressure, with the Swans winning just one of their last 10 league matches, and he later signalled his intention to take legal action against the club over the move.
But Swansea put that turbulence behind them as Wayne Routledge made the breakthrough straight after the break and headers from Nathan Dyer and Wilfried Bony sealed the result, with half-time substitute Pablo Hernandez influential.
Monk brought on Hernandez because of a hamstring injury to Marvin Emnes, and told Sky Sports 1: "It's something we were working on in the week, in my mind I had Pablo in there.
"He's got the quality, and he can play wide as well. Marvin did well in the week, and I thought with the dynamics and the pace [it] would give us a threat, but Marvin was feeling his hamstring at half-time and I felt it was the right time to make the substitution.
"And I know the quality Pablo has and those are the kind of balls we practicing in the week. Obviously Wayne's latched onto one and put it in, so it was fantastic."
The Swans boss knows what it is like to be involved in a south Wales derby and was pleased he could keep his head to give out instructions on the pitch.
He added: "I've played in a lot of these games and I know exactly what it means. "It's about giving information and about getting the players to know what you want to get on the pitch. "It's important I keep a clear head and get that information to them on the pitch."
Monk said he was proud of his first win in charge and hoped his players could build on it.
“There is no prouder man tonight than me,” he added. “All I cared about was that the players went out there with some belief... belief in how good they are as players.
“Confidence is the biggest thing. Half the battle is the mentality. If you can get the mentality right, the rest of it takes care of itself. The football takes care of itself.”
The Swans moved up two places into 10th ahead of Wednesday night's game at Stoke, while Cardiff remain second-bottom and three points adrift of safety after a seventh defeat in nine league matches.
Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was disappointed with the defeat but pleased with his side's first-half performance and a couple of chances to score at the start of the second half. Five minutes after Routledge had scored the opener, Craig Bellamy had a great chance to equalise, but thumped the ball onto the crossbar.
Solskjaer said: "The first 10 minutes they were on the front foot but after that I think we weathered the storm, I think we did okay. They didn't create any chances before half-time and we were happy with the performance up until then.
"But after a bad start to the second half it changed the game - goals always do. The first goal in a game like this is important. After that we responded well, we had two massive chances, one with Craig which hits the crossbar and one free-kick but that didn't go our way and then the lad (Dyer) scored a diving header in the corner.
"I'm bitterly disappointed and it hurts for a lot me, the players and fans of course.''