Paul Scholes' managerial debut got off to a winning start with a 4-1 victory over League Two strugglers Yeovil.
The former Manchester United midfielder was indebted to Merseysiders Jose Baxter and Callum Lang for scoring the first couple of goals to kick-start his career in the dugout.
Mohamed Mouche and Christopher Missilou completed the rout in the final two minutes after Bevis Mugabi had reduced the deficit.
Scholes had his issues with one particular Jose in the last few seasons - admitting he expected scrutiny from Mourinho after criticising his Old Trafford reign - but he will have been delighted with the man-of-the-match version he inherited.
The new Latics boss handed a first start to on-loan United academy forward Zak Dearnley after he scored on his debut at the weekend.
Baxter's composure from 12 yards in the fifth minute of added time provided the breakthrough with a low, curling finish.
When Lang headed in Gevaro Nepomuceno's cross six minutes after the break, Scholes was high-fiving his backroom staff, although Mugabi pulled one back from close range.
The nerves were eased in the final two minutes, with Mouche and Missilou firing home.