Eamon McGee, while delighted with the result and having jumped the first hurdle, was also urging calm and insisting that it was only a first round game.
“We are just delighted to get the result. This is what we planned for since the start of the year. This is what we have trained for and put in the hard hours on the training field and in the gym,” said Eamon.
“We did not mean to disrespect the league but we did not train with the same intensity for the league and unfortunately we got relegated.
“Listen, regardless of the opposition, we have only won a first round game and we have to get the heads down now and get back to work and prepare for the Ulster semi-final and either Derry or Down.”
He also acknowleged that Colm McFadden’s goal in the first half and Ross Wherity’s in the second half were the defining scores in the game.
“In any game goals are big scores and the two goals today were big scores. But we have the men up front that will deliver it is just a matter of getting the ball up to them.
“And they produced the goods today again when the scores were required,” said the Gaoth Dobhair man.
He was happy also that by and large the game plan worked and that Donegal were up to the intensity and had the hunger required.
“The plan was to bring an intensity to the game from the start and not to let Tyrone get a grip on the game.
“That plan more or less worked in the first half. We got off to a good start and went 0-4 to 0-1 up. But we allowed them back into the game for a while in the middle of the half and we were not happy with that going in at half-time.”
He was also happy that Donegal again had the desire and the hunger in the second half that was needed on the day and that they took the game to Tyrone after they had drawn level.
“We had the desire and the hunger and we had the strength in depth to bring on that made the difference in the last quarter,” said McGee, who was giving a man marking job on Tyrone dangerman Sean Cavanagh and limited him to one point from play, a score that was hotly disputed and which the cameras also doubted, but it was allowed to stand.
McGee, while wearing the No. 5 jersey, played in his favourite position of centre half-back but may have to vacate that post if Karl Lacey is fully fit for the semi-final!