Tenambit-Morpeth skipper Shane Wind says he had almost forgotten how much better the beers taste in a winning dressing room.
But Wind will have to wait for another year before he can share the difference with a good proportion of his youthful teammates with four of last Saturday's breakthrough winning team aged just 17.
The Bulls recorded their first win in over a year since re-entering the Maitland and District Cricket first grade competition last season.
The four-wicket victory over Raymond Terrace, after bowling them out for 118, has them on the edge of the top four with a major test against Northern Suburbs in this round's two-dayer.
Remarkably five of the side were teenagers including Wind's son Ryan who, at 18, is the eldest of an exciting group of youngsters the Bulls will build their future around.
Ryan was joined by 17-year-olds Alex Lidbury and Sidney Searle, who joined the Bulls this season from Raymond Terrace, Tallon Gear and Hunter Ball who is back after a year playing with Denman in the Singleton competition.
"To go a year without a win is pretty tough. You forget how much better the beers taste after a win than a loss," Wind said.
"I knew we had improved a lot, a year of first grade cricket under their belt has really helped the younger ones.
"It was a good confidence boost for the boys seeing we didn't get a win up all last year."
Wind said the youthful additions of Lidbury, Searle and Ball to the line-up had given the club greater depth and added some real class.
Lidbury picked up 3-10 in an eight over spell to complement old bulls Wind's 3-20 and Daniel Collinson's 3-26.
The Bulls also took their chances in the field with keeper Ball picking up three catches behind the stumps.
"Alex bowled real well on Saturday, it was a super spell. He was probably our best bowler on the day," Wind said.
"DC (Collinson) was probably our man of the match - he top scored with 35 and got three-for. I got three-for as well, so it was good to share the wickets around."
Wind said Tallon Gear's innings of 26 was crucial.
"There's a different feeling in the group now. That was probably our strongest squad we could have put on the park at the moment," he said.
"We've got a little bit more depth in batting and bowling and the blokes are backing themselves a bit more.
"I think it will be a different year altogether."
Wind said the team was looking forward to the challenge of facing Northern Suburbs this round.
"They have been a side which has built up from their juniors and we want to do the same," he said. "You want to take on the best and see how you are going."