Ross County boss Malky Mackay was delighted that his side found a way to win after they overcame a battling Airdrie side 4-3 in extra time to reach the quarter-finals of the Viaplay Cup.
County looked well on course for victory at 3-1 up, though they would concede twice in the final 10 minutes to send the game into extra time.
The Staggies prevailed in the additional half hour however, Eamonn Brophy heading home in the first half to clinch a dramatic victory.
“Overall, we found a way to win which is the biggest thing of the lot – that’s what you’ve got to do,” Mackay said.
“We knew it was always going to be a tough game, Airdrie have been on a roll, they won promotion, have been excellent in their League Cup group and have started the Championship season well.
“I thought we started like a house on fire and I think overall in the first half we were excellent.”
Mackay admits he was frustrated at the manner in which his team conceded in the second half, though was thrilled at their reaction in extra time.
Jack Baldwin conceded a penalty to restore some hope for Airdrie and Josh O’Connor then seized on some sloppy defending to level the match in the final minute.
Despite demonstrating some defensive frailties, the County boss heaped praise on the resilience of his side.
“I was disappointed that we made two really silly errors. For the penalty the ball is running out of the park and all of a sudden we’ve given them a penalty and a way back into it,” Mackay added.
“Then we’ve got the ball in our own six-yard box, and he doesn’t just kick it into the stand, instead he miskicks it and it gives them the goal.
“Once we got to extra time I was delighted with my team and the way they stood firm.
“It’s a great testament to the group of players, the way they’ve started the season, the way they are fighting for each other and the consistency levels I’ve got compared to what I had last year.”
Airdrie manager Rhys McCabe felt his side were more than a match for their Premiership opponents.
The Diamonds have enjoyed a good start after gaining promotion to the Championship last season and came agonisingly close to causing an upset at the Excelsior Stadium.
“We really gave as good as we got and for large parts, especially in the second half and throughout extra time, I actually thought we absolutely dominated the game,” McCabe said.
“We’ve got to dust ourselves down, analyse where we can get better and what parts of the game were good.
“I’m frustrated for the boys, we’ve had a decent run against so-called bigger opposition, to score three and lose the game at home – I’m gutted for the boys.”