Striker Paul Benson, midfielder Jason Taylor and central defender Michael Hector all impressed on their debuts against Torquay with another new arrival, striker Byron Harrison, coming off the bench late on in the 2-1 win.
"We were excellent," said the Robins boss. "It took a little bit of time to get into our stride but that's what you get when you bring in a few new faces. I thought we looked strong and organised. We have brought in some good players on top of the ones we already had and they responded in the right way.
"All three lads who started for their debut were excellent. They've all contributed to a good performance and I'm wondering how we made it so hard for ourselves in the last five or six minutes."
Cheltenham took 33 minutes to get the first goal as defender Keith Lowe headed home a Kaid Mohamed corner to hand them the lead. Gulls goalkeeper Michael Poke pulled off two excellent saves to keep out two long-range efforts but was helpless to stop Shaun Harrad's low shot five minutes into the second half.
Substitute Daryl Duffy was guilty of missing the chance to make it 3-0 late on when he pounced on a weak back pass only to push his shot wide. Rene Howe grabbed a late consolation, an 88th-minute effort that spun out of the keeper's hands and into the net, but Torquay assistant manager Shaun Taylor admitted the goal was too little, too late.
He said: "In the first half we were disappointed to go in a goal down. I thought we did okay in the first half but not so in the second half when we didn't show enough to get a result.
"We got a late goal but it wasn't enough. Three points out of six against Cheltenham and Exeter isn't bad but after getting the three points in the first game you want something from this game.
"They had some decent opportunities to score more goals but we stuck at it and got the goal which was too late to rectify things. The game has gone now and we need to concentrate on the next one."
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