Armagh 2002 All Ireland winner Aidan O'Rourke believes his Louth side can now kick on in the Leinster championship when they meet Kildare following their 1-14 to 1-9 win over Westmeath.
O'Rourke, though, concedes that his side must undertake some much-needed shooting practice after registering 16 wides.
Louth's goal was scored by 17-year-old substitute Ryan Burns who had only been on the pitch for three minutes before he found the Westmeath net.
Derek Maguire (0-5) and Declan Byrne (0-3) were key scorers in O'Rourke's team.
O'Rourke had suggested that Louth were encumbered by not having great championship expectations, but expects this win to fuel belief for their next outing.
"This will help our confidence but we know that it will be very tough from here on in," he said.
Meanwhile, Mark McHugh has refuted the theory that he left Donegal in controversial circumstances insisting that he had "fallen out with no one."
McHugh exited Jim McGuinness' squad almost two weeks ago and will now go along to their game against Derry on Sunday in the role of spectator.
"The truth is that I was not enjoying my football and felt that I needed a break. We will see what happens next year," said McHugh.
His absence will be felt against Derry as he played a highly significant role in bringing Donegal to their All Ireland title in 2012.
Meanwhile, Longford beat Offaly by 0-19 to 0-15 in the Leinster championship and Laois overcame Wicklow outfit by 0-21 to 1-11 in the same competition.
In Connacht Roscommon beat Leitrim 1-18 to 0-13.