Marcelo Bielsa's Athletic Bilbao put their opening two defeats of the season behind them by beating Real Valladolid 2-0 at the San Mames.
Aritz Aduriz and Markel Susaeta both scored in the second half to send Los Leones soaring up the table into a more familiar 14th place.
"This [win] will be valuable if it's a starting point." Bielsa told AS.com "just having interrupted a sequence of two defeats is good for now."
After the game, Susaeta admitted a great weight had been removed from their shoulders by winning the first game of the season.
"They are three very important points and the way we began the season produced many doubts. Goals and peace have come and at the end of the game, the team has been released [from tension]."