Beauden Barrett waited a long time to wear the All Blacks' number 10 jersey and he made every post a winner in the 28-9 win over Argentina.
Aside from a very off night with his goal-kicking (he slotted just one of his five kicks), the 23-year-old ran the side well and looked assured both in attack and defence at a wet McLean Park in Napier.
A neat grubber kick helped set up Julian Savea's first try.
Barrett's sheer pace and eye for the gap put Liam Messam over in the corner on the stroke of half-time before a well-weighted pass ensured another five-pointer for big wing Savea just after the break which gave the All Blacks a comfortable lead.
"It was a great game for him. He's going to learn a lot from it," All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said.
"His first start in the number 10 jersey and not the greatest conditions to be playing in. When Beauden sits down and go through his game on his own and then goes through with Fozzy [assistant coach Ian Foster] there will be plenty to talk about.
"A lot of it will be positive and some of it will be negative. I think he'll learn a lot from it."
Barrett has been performing superbly off the bench when he has replaced Aaron Cruden during previous Tests this year but he thrived on the pressure of starting for the first time.
"You've got to think pretty quickly out there. You've got to have solutions," Barrett said.
"But you've got great players around you to help out with your decision-making and you definitely need it in games like that " especially with the conditions."
Normally a very reliable goal-kicker, Barrett could not find his radar on Saturday with the majority of his misses sliding wide of the right post.
"I left a few points out there," he said.
"There was just a little bit of doubt came into my mind and second-guessing.
"I guess if I nail the first one I'd probably nail them all. It's just one of those things. It's about carrying [your training] over to the game. I'm looking forward to catching up with Mick [Byrne, the kicking coach] this week and ironing the problems out."