The coach was happy with the victory but said he was not going overboard about a victory at Sheffield Arena.
Asked if the passion which he said he been missing from the team had returned he said it had been only one game and "You can't get excited when you win here."
As for the threat posed by Panthers: "I thought they didn't have too much that bothered us, I thought we played a solid two-way game."
He lamented the nature of the two conceded goals but said overall they were "deserved winners."
New signing and goalscorer Ryan Martindale, who hasn't played since last October because of injury played well and "will get better."
He also said Brandon Whistle had been given Power Play responsibilities to beef up the special team.
Saturday 29th September
Coventry Blaze 2 Glasgow Clan 1
Dundee Stars 5 Belfast Giants 3
Manchester Storm 4 Milton Keynes Lightning 1
Challenge Cup Group A
Sheffield Steelers 3 Nottingham Panthers 2
Challenge Cup Group C
Guildford Flames 2 Cardiff Devils 5
Sunday 30th September
Cardiff Devils v Glasgow Clan - 6.00pm
Coventry Blaze v Sheffield Steelers - 5.15pm
Fife Flyers v Manchester Storm - 6.30pm
Guildford Flames v Nottingham Panthers - 6.00pm
Milton Keynes Lightning v Dundee Stars - 5.15pm