Hartlepool boss Ronnie Moore says his return to management with League Two's bottom club has been "unbelievable" after eight months away from the game.
Moore, 61, was sacked by Tranmere in April after admitting he broke Football Association betting rules, but was handed a route back by Pools last week.
His first game, a 1-1 draw with Oxford, ended Pools's five-game losing run.
"It's been brilliant, it's been better than sitting at home or doing the garden," Moore told BBC Look North.
"My garden looks like Wembley so it's great when you're involved to come back and get hands on working with the players.
"They need a bit of help and guidance and hopefully we'll get a side that can compete when we get to the window."
"It's fantastic, Saturday was unbelievable and you don't realise how much you miss it until you're back in it," he added.
"The crowd were unbelievably brilliant, they got behind the side with 4,000 there and we need to give them some more hope and belief."