Jim Wilson's ecstatic embrace of staff and players was the perfect definition of how much Saturday's win meant to the Mackay Cutters.
The coach, who took over the job from David Simpson who resigned last month, said it was very satisfying to win.
"I'm so happy for the boys, they've bought into everything we've tried to bring in over the last month or so and they really deserved that victory," Wilson said.
The Cutters have faded badly in the second half many times this year and when the Sunshine Coast Falcon scored a late try to close the gap to two points, there were worries it could happen again.
However desperate defence and a try to North Queensland Cowboys player Josh Chudleigh in the last moments of the game gave the Cutters a 26-18 win.
Wilson said the team came up with some plans about how to approach that situation during the game.
"Again we faced some adversity but we came back strong at the end which was really pleasing," he said.
One of Mackay's biggest rugby league names, former NRL and Cutters player Grant Rovelli came out of retirement to play in the win.
Wilson said Rovelli's experience helped the team greatly.
"Just his physical presence and his talk, I'd say, made a big difference," he said.
"I could hear him from the sideline, so you hear a voice and you respond, so he was really good for us."
The coach said whether Rovelli played again for the Cutters depended entirely on the injured Delayne Ashby.
The other half back Yosepha Kepa had a good game alongside Rovelli. Although Wilson said Kepa had played well he now needed to remain consistent.
Besides the win there was another mini milestone.
A try for Liam Taylor in the first half was his 50th for the Cutters and also marked his 800th point in the state competition.
It was only the second win of the Intrust Super Cup season for the Cutters, who are rooted to the bottom of the Intrust Super Cup ladder.
There are concerns about Andrew Davey, who has a rib injury. However the Cutters have a bye before an away game against the Ipswich Jets on July 16.
Patrick Mago has been put on report for a dangerous tackle.
Intrust Super Cup
Absolute Enterprises Mackay Cutters, 26 defeated Sunshine Coast Falcons, 18.
Cutters try scorers: Patrick Mago, Liam Taylor, Joss Boyton, Braden Uele, Josh Chudleigh
Liam Taylor - three conversions