Jack Cooney expects last night's O'Byrne Cup success to stand Westmeath in good stead for the upcoming Allianz League.
An unbeaten five-match campaign culminated in a five-point victory over Dublin at Parnell Park and a first O'Byrne Cup for the Lake County in 31 years.
"We've got maximum value out of the O'Byrne Cup this year," the victorious manager told the Westmeath GAA website.
"Whether we won tonight or not, we would still have got maximum value because we got a maximum number of games. It's great to beat any Dublin team. But we need to settle down now and focus in on the league next week (against Offaly), and we've a lot of work to do for that."
The Coralstown/Kinnegad clubman continued: "It's great to come up here on a Friday night... lovely conditions for football. Irrespective of January or whatever time of the year it is, when you get to a final you want to win it and we're just delighted the way the lads performed.
"I'm happy to be going back down the road with something."