Guillen, whose team had lost its first two games, was able to express some amusement after a collection of contributions brought the White Sox a 2-1 victory over the Indians that gave them some momentum heading into a weekend series against American League Central favorite Detroit.
"We expect to win a game before the season is over," Guillen deadpanned, fully aware that panic had set in some parts of the Sox's fan base after losses to AL Cy Young Award winner C.C. Sabathia and 19-game winner Fausto Carmona.
As left-hander John Danks pitched 62/3 innings of two-hit ball, the Sox restored some order.
"It's big to come out of here with a win against these guys," Joe Crede said after belting an eighth-inning homer off loser Jake Westbrook to break a 1-1 tie. "I think this team should be expected to win a lot more games because of the talent we have. I expect everybody here to go out and win games on a consistent basis."
Although Danks didn't get the victory despite pitching five no-hit innings, his teammates picked up the slack.
Dotel relied solely on sliders.
"[Blake] is ready to swing, so you have to change things against him," he said.
The Sox remained calm despite not getting their first hit off Westbrook, who Guillen said pitched as well as he has ever seen him pitch, until A.J. Pierzynski's single with one out in the fifth.
Guillen joked that Scott Linebrink's scoreless eighth inning marked the first time in two years the Sox hadn't given up a run in the eighth. Linebrink, who pitched last season with the Padres and Brewers, knew the stakes.
"I know everyone in here is ready to put last year to bed. Even in spring training there was a lot of talk about that," Linebrink said. "And then we didn't have the greatest spring training, so you would like to see some kind of quick turnaround.
"To start off losing your first two, I think there was already a little bit of panic starting to set in. I know all these guys in here have confidence in their ability, and we're going to get our wins."
Fellow newcomer Nick Swisher, who smashed his right shoulder into the padded wall while catching Franklin Gutierrez's drive in the second, seemed eager to play another tough division opponent.
"We're definitely going to see how we stack up," Swisher said. "This is a time for us to turn it around, do what we're capable of and get back to winning ways."