Everton's Cahill netted two goals as the Asian Cup joint favourites kicked off their campaign in a positive fashion and said that the squad was intent on producing commanding performances throughout the competition.
"I wanted a solid performance. I wanted to make sure that we were all on the same page and that we have to impose ourselves on this competition," he told Fox Sports.
And Cahill was complimentary of the showing of India who are ranked 142 in the world.
"A lot of credit goes to India because they were a very good team and they played really well," he added.
Captain Neill, who did his job in central defence, mad e it quite clear that the Socceroos were looking for success in the Asian Cup despite a lacklustre showing in the second half.
"It's unfortunate but a wins a win," Neill said after a slow finish.
"The last time we played in this campaign we started with a lucky late draw so we put ourselves through the first step onto, hopefully, a very exciting journey and now if we beat South Korea (on Friday) we top the group."