It was by no means the perfect performance, but it was the response that Port Adelaide needed to have after the week from hell following the huge loss to the Crows in the Showdown last weekend.
The Power were much better all over the park, with the game dead and buried at quarter time when Port led by nearly six goals.
The ball movement was more consistent, although Port still overdid it with the handball on occasion.
The Power moved the ball much quicker into their forward 50, giving their attackers prime opportunity to hurt Essendon on the scoreboard. Dixon and Young looked dangerous in the forward line all night, and finished with three goals each.
Missing a host of massive names through injury such as Hartlett, Schulz, Wingard and White, Hinkley would have been delighted at the way some of his other players stepped up to the plate.
After being very critical of them last week, both Polec and Toumpas proved a point last night.
Polec was everywhere, particularly in the first half. He finished the match with 23 disposals, 6 tackles and a goal, showing the sort of form that had people raving about him in 2014.
Toumpas gathered a career-high 28 touches to go along with 7 inside 50's, but his disposal and decision making still requires some work.
Power fans should be thrilled with the debut of Darcy Byrne-Jones, who slotted in seamlessly and finished the match with 14 possessions and a great goal.
Robbie Gray should have polled another three Brownlow votes, with an outstanding performance which included 30 disposals (22 contested), 12 clearances, 7 inside 50's and two goals. He is without a doubt one of the elite players in the competition.
Broadbent, Pittard, Wines and Ah Chee were also fantastic.
Port Adelaide now has a nine day break before facing the in-form GWS Giants away from home next Sunday. They will be hoping to regain WIngard and Hartlett from injury, while Schulz will have to get through the week at training before any decision is made on him.