They were left devastated in Australia, but Kevin Magnussen was quick to praise Haas’s pit crew in Bahrain.
The Dane matched the Banbury team’s highest Formula 1 finish with an impressive fifth placed finish to get his season up and running.
But almost as importantly, wheels were put on correctly and there were no other race-ending hiccups during the Haas pit stops.
“I’m proud of the guys and the team, but especially the guys in the pit stop,” said the relieved Magnussen.
“They kept their heads and got back to basics. They did what they do best and they delivered.
“I couldn’t really fight with Gasly in the Toro Rosso ahead in fourth, but still, we’re happy with P5.”
Team principal Guenther Steiner was also delighted the engineers recovered. He said: “All in all, it’s been a good weekend. The pit stops were good.
“We had five in the race and they were all good. I think the guys have recovered and I’m very proud of them.
“Coming back from two failed pit stops at the last race in Australia to take a fifth-place finish without a problem, it’s fantastic.”
Magnusson’s team-mate Romain Grosjean trudged home in 15th after a messy race and at one point the pair, on differing strategies, were battling for position and nearly crashed.
Magnussen was heard cursing angrily on the team radio when Grosjean, on worn tyres, refused to make way for his colleague, causing a near miss.
All he said in the paddock afterwards – rather reluctantly – was: “We need to talk about that…”
Elsewhere, Nico Hulkenberg scored points in back-to-back races for the Enstone-based Renault team.
The German finished sixth, benefiting from Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen’s retirement after he ran over his own mechanic in the pits, while teammate Carlos Sainz narrowly missed out on the points in 11th.
Managing director Cyril Abiteboul hailed the ‘fine’ result and challenged his team to maintain the momentum at Sunday’s Chinese GP in Shanghai.
In a bit of a shakeup, Pirelli have abandoned the supersofts and made the medium, ultrasoft and the soft tyres available for Shanghai.