CORK manager John Meyler said an improved work-rate was critical to beating Limerick and bouncing back from a loss to Tipp in the Munster championship opener.
“Yea, I'm very pleased with the performance, Fraggie (Kieran Murphy), Deccie (O'Sullivan) and Donal (O'Mahony) got them up for training during the week.
“We looked at the game against Tipperary and our tackling and work-rate wasn't good enough and we got that in buckets today.
“That's really what we looked for and the lads got the best out of them, you know that performance was coming."
Even in the aftermath of the victory on enemy soil, Meyler was looking ahead to the visit of Waterford on Saturday, June 8.
"It's great to come up here today but we have a game now in three weeks time against Waterford and we need to match the performance or better it because they will come to Cork and they will try get a win.
"So we will need to do an awful lot better again for that game.
“There are five teams in Munster, three of them who aren't here today and they can all beat each other on any given day and everybody knows that.
“Five really good teams and the Munster championship is really competitive and you don't take anything for granted.
"We knew that we would have to give a performance and up our work-rate, which wasn't good enough last week and we got it today."
The Rebels looks the better side for long spells but Patrick Horgan's classy finish to open up a four-point gap was the key play.
“We got some great scores and I suppose Hoggie's goal midway through the second half was the turning point really and it really drove us on and we didn't want to end up with a six-point loss again like last August.
“We responded when they got their goal and Seamus Harnedy broke up the field and he didn't finish it and I'm not sure what exactly happened, but every time Limerick got a score we responded.
“It showed resilience and determination and we pushed on today, unlike last Sunday."
Bill Cooper came back into the line-up after his late withdrawal with a back injury in the warm-up against Tipp.
"I would have to give great credit to Bill Cooper for his leadership on the field. He is a real leader, a real warrior and he epitomises everything about this team.
“We got criticised for our performances in the league, but we tried to strengthen the panel for days like this.
"We lost Conor Lehane early but we had Alan Cadogan to come in as well as the likes of Shane Kingston. He played well last week and was unfortunate to be left out, but then Aidan Walsh came in and played his part.
“You have to perform all the time in Munster and we have to do the same now against Waterford."