Harry Redknapp took less than 24 hours to deliver what Tottenham wanted all season - a victory, 2-0 over Bolton, to kick-start their Barclays Premier League campaign.
Roman Pavlyuchenko and Darren Bent grabbed the goals at White Hart Lane but all eyes were on Redknapp after his appointment to succeed Juande Ramos as Spurs boss.
They are still bottom of the table but have made up ground with other strugglers and crucially have a morale-boosting first league win of the season, at the ninth attempt.
Redknapp was unveiled to the Spurs fans before kick-off - something not afforded to Ramos due to the embarrassing manner of Martin Jol's departure a year ago.
As expected of a team with a new manager, there was an extra zip to the hosts, something missing so far this season.
Luka Modric has struggled to make an impact since his #16.5million signing in the summer, but he was given a free role behind the striker and resembled a new player.
Like Modric, Pavlyuchenko has struggled since an impressive Euro 2008, and the Russian desperately needed the 18th-minute opener to bring his belief back.
David Bentley, back in the team, set it up when he picked the ball up on the right flank. After exchanging passes with Alan Hutton, the early cross was met with a downward header from Pavlyuchenko 12 yards out, with the finish going in off the post.
McCann was dismissed 11 minutes into the second period, his second yellow card after he caught the ankle of Huddlestone.
Bent came on for Pavlyuchenko and should have added a second when Modric slipped him through, but Jaaskelainen brought down Bent with 16 minutes left and the striker smashed the penalty into the bottom corner.