The Vikings had come back from two double-digit deficits against the Lions, finishing off a 28-24 win with K.J. Osborn's touchdown to get to 2-1.
At the news conference podium after the game, both their head coach and quarterback sounded alternately excited and unimpressed.
Kevin O'Connell praised the contributions from Osborn and Adam Thielen, then said he needs to do more to make sure teams can't deny Justin Jefferson the ball.
O'Connell spoke glowingly about the Vikings' perseverance, then admitted they'd made things harder on themselves than necessary. Kirk Cousins recalled the details of his game-winning TD pass to Osborn, then said, "I think you can see today [the offense is] not where I want it to be."
The Vikings would no doubt rather be here, tamping down their exuberance after a comeback win, than where they were last year, telling anyone who would listen that they were better than their 0-2 start and 1-3 record through four games.
Their schedule — with what amounts to a neutral-site game against the 1-2 Saints before a home game against the Bears — could give them enough runway to reach 4-1 before an Oct. 15 trip to Miami.