Tipperary Manager Peter Creedon was a relieved man after Tipperaryâ€™s win over London in the NFL division 4 at Thurles on Sunday.
Defeats in the earlier rounds at the hands of Carlow and Waterford, had seriously dented Tipperaryâ€™s promotion prospects.
Another setback would have killed them entirely.
Not surprisingly, asked his first reaction to the win over London, the Corkman said he was simply relieved to get off the mark .
â€œWe were not pleased with our last two performances but this was better, though we have more work to do yetâ€, he added.
The Tipperary town school principal said that in the last few weeks the squad had had some specific coaching and this appeared to pay dividends.
He paid tribute to the senior members of the squad who â€œhave been brilliantâ€, as the management tries to blend in young players who impressed with the countyâ€™s successful minor and under 21 teams of recent years.
However, he stressed that their efforts are being hampered by injuries to key players.
â€œWe have five or six who are injured and we need themâ€, he said, but he could give no indication as to when such as Philip Austin, Michael Quinlivan or Robbie Costigan will be able to line out.
â€œWe need to get our injured players back and we have also been trying to keep two teams going by resting the under 21s who are playing championship soonâ€, he said.
However, Creedon was unequivocal in asserting that Tipperary have not given up on securing promotion.
â€œIf we can finish with ten points, we will have a great chance, and we can still do thatâ€, he concluded.