The Amakhosi came from behind to claim all three points despite playing with a man down for about 20 odd minutes.
Debutant Leonardo Castro came off the bench to net the winning goal in the second half as Chiefs won 2-1 on Sunday afternoon.
"We had to [dig deep] even with the red card we had to keep the calm heads. You can't lose it. We just needed to have a slight tweak without being obvious to what we are doing. I'm happy for Leo, great goal he scored. I'm happy for [Ryan] Moon, great goal he scored as well, but I thought the overall performance could have been better," Komphela told SuperSport TV.
"I think we're giving away possession easily. Too much turnovers and when you're playing a team like Baroka who are waiting for you to make that technical error and they pounce, we played into their hands. We shouldn't do that. Good victory, good points we're happy we need points at this stage of the season although there's still a number of things that I felt we could have done better."
The erudite coach explained his philosophy behind making substitutions and concluded by saying he's happy his senior players are taking responsibility.
"Life is challenging that you still remain rational while the emotions are constantly hitting you. You need to think it [substitutions] through, not let the heart take charge. I thought the subs were timeous and they did make the difference. Leo's difference is clear, [Dumisani] Zuma's difference is clear. I think [Siphelele] Ntshangase will get to the level where both going forward and coming back to defend he will be part of us.
"The most important thing is relations. You need to have an enabling environment where everybody would be critical of themselves. When you have people who take responsibility your chances of success are there. We'll be missing 'Tight' [Joseph Molangoane] but it's an opportunity for someone to come in and showcase."