A glimpse of the past has given Paul Dickov extra satisfaction as he looks to build on Rovers’ perfect start.
Doncaster began their League One campaign in the best possible fashion with a clinical 3-0 win at Yeovil Town.
But Dickov was equally pleased with how his side dug out a 1-0 victory at York City in the Capital One Cup - and admitted the performance had shades of two seasons ago.
“Sometimes it’s really pleasing as a manager to win when you’re not playing well,” said Dickov.
“It shows you’ve got the right characters in the changing room.
“The last time these guys went up, they ground out results by winning 1-0, keeping clean sheets and nicking a goal.
“We believe our performance on Saturday, football-wise, was very good.
“It wasn’t quite there on Tuesday night but we still showed that we’ve got a way to win - and that’s the most important thing.”
Harry Forrester, who made one and scored one at Yeovil, continued his fine start to the season by coming off the bench at Bootham Crescent to score a superb late winner.
Tuesday night’s cup tie also saw Jamie McCombe, Liam Wakefield, Marc De Val, Kyle Bennett and Theo Robinson make their first starts of the season.
Dickov said: “A lot of them who came in on Tuesday night hadn’t had a lot of game time.
“The same could be said of a few who played on Saturday too.
“We’re trying to keep that in mind. We keep a note of the minutes the players are on the pitch.
“Over the first few weeks or months we’re going to have to manage that until everyone gets up to speed.”
Three of Rovers’ next four games are at home, starting with Port Vale on Saturday and Preston North End next Tuesday.