Rangers manager Walter Smith declared himself satisfied with the result, if not performance, from his side as they laboured to a 2-0 win over FK Zeta.
Smith knows a £10m Champions League reward is at stake
"It's a good result and we would have taken it before kick-off," Smith said.
"We didn't play particularly well but it's the first competitive game of the season and that's always difficult.
"We have a big advantage as we didn't concede an away goal so we're delighted from that point of view. The home leg, in many ways, can be the more awkward."
Innocuous goals from Scotland internationals David Weir and Lee McCulloch gave the Ibrox side a decent cushion going into the second leg.
Despite the result, Rangers will be without Alan Hutton in next Tuesday's return in Montenegro after the full-back received two yellow cards.
"It was strange that Alan's first tackle was the one that the referee picked out because there was many like that before it," Smith added.
"We're disappointed to lose him but we have to put up with it."
Weir echoed his managers thoughts and was keen to look at the positives of the evening.
"It could have been worse," he said.
"The performance isn't everything and we have a lot of new players so we're not going to beat teams five or six nil.
"We've not done enough yet but hopefully we can sneak a goal over there and keep another clean sheet."