The Championship workforce, who reached the Premiership play-off ultimate in Might, need to attain the knockouts of this League Cup competitors for the primary time in six years.
A visit to League 2 winners Kelty, whose final loss was in February, was by no means going to be a straightforward job of their Group G opener.
Billy Dodds expressed his satisfaction after seeing his Caley Jags facet start their Premier Sports activities Cup marketing campaign with a late 1-0 victory at League 1 Kelty Hearts.
The Highlanders had the marginally higher possibilities, though their goalkeeper Mark Ridgers was removed from a spectator both.
With a penalty shoot-out simply moments away, George Oakley, who rejoined the membership final week, stepped off the bench to bury the winner.
ICT head coach Dodds praised his battling hosts for giving his males the take a look at he anticipated, however was completely satisfied to be heading north with the best final result.
He stated: “The principle factor we wished was three factors. I’d have liked to have received 3-0 or 4-0, however it’s a must to give credit score to Kelty.
“They’re a hard-working workforce and you may see why they received their division final season. They have some harmful gamers. Kelty get their heads on every thing and sit deep.
“However I felt we had a number of good facets immediately and I used to be actually happy with our efficiency.
“I stated to the gamers at half-time I used to be a wee bit pissed off as a result of, whereas we have been doing issues fairly nicely, we might do higher. I wished a wee bit extra and we sorted it out within the second half.
“That they had two predominant possibilities, which was primarily all the way down to our personal undoing, however as the sport went on we received rock strong defensively.
“We constructed from the again, appeared harmful, Billy Mckay had a few possibilities and a few of the gamers I delivered to the membership excited me, in addition to these already right here.
“We needed to present endurance, however I felt we deserved the win. It was a invaluable three factors.”
Dodds additionally confirmed debut defender Max Ram, a summer time seize from Wycombe Wanderers, might be assessed after being compelled off after quarter-hour with a thigh pull.
He added: “Max felt a decent thigh within the warm-up, however we felt we might strive it.