It's something like that. I've done mine this way a couple times. One time I cranked it for about 10 seconds maybe then shut it off to talk to my son. It cranked, but it did seem to miss a little when starting back up. Then recently I cranked it and as soon as it fired I turned it off. I don't know why, I think I just spazzed out with my mind on other things. But it cranked back with no issue.
I think this happens primarily in colder climates and with older cars.