Jimmy Adams admitted there were mixed feelings after Hampshire finally broke their 2015 Championship duck with victory at Sussex.
The Hampshire skipper led his side to a resounding six-wicket success with more than a day to spare as they finally clicked into gear at Hove.
To get that monkey off our backs and get that first Championship win is hugeJimmy Adams
After a winless start to the season, Adams knew that the longer the wait went on, the harder it would become for his side.
But he was delighted with his team’s efforts.
He said: ‘To get that monkey off our backs and get that first Championship win is huge.
‘Sussex are tough to beat on their own patch and we did it by playing a lot of good cricket.
‘There’s a mixture of happiness and a bit of relief too.
‘When things are not going well, you start to question a few things.
‘You try not to think like that but it’s quite hard at times when you haven’t managed to get the results you want.
‘Last week, we were way off the standards we expect of ourselves against Worcestershire.
‘Credit to the guys for digging deep and turning it around.
‘We know what everyone is capable of producing but they hadn’t been able to do it this season.
‘I can’t fault anyone because we have all been putting in the hard work.
‘But we had to be positive in this game and that seemed to help.’
Adams added: ‘There were a lot of good individual performances but we stuck at it and I was delighted with everyone.
‘The partnership between Berg and Wheater was outstanding but in those difficult spells of play, we kept going.
‘Sean (Terry) played really well and Fidel (Edwards) was outstanding too.
‘Now we have to build on this performance.’