Manager Gary Mills was relieved by Gateshead's comfortable progress to round two of the FA Cup with a 4-0 win at Norton on Sunday.
Mills' side were without top scorer Jon Shaw, one of five senior absentees, but a hat-trick from Rob Ramshaw and Alex Rodman's opener sealed victory.
"We've come through a tricky little tie, and got through safely," Mills told BBC Newcastle.
"The players have done well and we've come and done the job we wanted to do."
Gateshead have been in the first round proper in four of the last five seasons, but only once did they make it beyond that stage, losing to then-Conference rivals Tamworth in round two during the 2011-12 season.
Mills, however, has previously taken York to the third round, earning a trip to Bolton, and appreciates the impact getting to that phase can have from both a financial and sporting perspective.
"It's important for our football club, the prize money and the draw where you hope to get another good draw," he added.
"It'd be nice to get a home draw against a team from the lower league.
"It doesn't guarantee you'll win but the chance is greater to get to the third round proper, which is our cup final."