Tasmania Devils coach Adrian Fletcher challenged his side to ensure that those in attendance at Penguin's Dial Park on Sunday would walk away with a sense of pride following their first NAB League appearance on home soil.
That goal would have been achieved, and then some, after the Devils saluted with a 12-point win over Calder Cannons, 10.3 (63) to 7.9 (51) for their second victory in the national competition.
Led by a defence which had a mix of containment and attack and strong marking of key-forward Jackson Callow, the Devils broke away from an early low-scoring arm wrestle with the last five goals of the second term after withstanding some early heat.
Appropriately it was a Coastal product, birthday boy Joel Hennessy from Ulverstone, who kicked the first Devils goal in Tasmania 11 minutes into the second term and added one more before North Launceston's Callow took over the scoring duties.
He kicked 3.0 in the third on his way to 4.1 from 17 touches and seven marks, with his marking a highlight.
While the Devils looked dangerous up front, Fletcher said the win was created from defence, thanks to the likes of Patrick Walker and Sam Collins.
"We need to make sure that is our backbone, and you create your fast play from your defensive work,'' he said.
"Once we started to hit our kicks and went through the corridor, we were able to go forward when it was six on six and be dangerous.
"We asked them to think about what people would be thinking about them when driving home today, and I think they would be proud."
The one area of concern was an inability to "cope with the tempo" for the four quarters, which allowed Calder back into game, but Fletcher was confident that could be rectified.
Walker (23 touches, five marks, 1.0, five rebound 50s and three inside 50s), Nic Baker (22 touches, nine marks, six rebound 50s and two inside 50s) and Collins (21 touches,10 marks, four rebound 50s and one inside 50) led the disposal count. Harrison Minton-Connell (24 touches) was Calder's best, while Mason Fletcher (the son of Essendon great Dustin) had an impact late with 2.0.
Calder's Oscar Sasalu suffered a concussion after a head clash with a teammate in the first term.
The day was a success on and off the field, with a crowd of 2268 watching on. Fletcher said he was "blown away" by the support and described Dial Park as an "amazing facility".
Hennessy, part of a North-West trio with Penguin's Liam Viney and Devonport's Joseph Chaplin, said the atmosphere was amazing. It also drew praise from AFL Tasmania chief executive Trisha Squires.
"To see so many people here and this facility in all its glory is a big positive for footy and to have this support was really good for them to see we are all behind them,'' she said.
The Devils will next play Western Jets at UTAS Stadium on April 28.