Fleetwood Town centre-back Rob Atkinson was delighted to score a late winner in a 2-1 victory at Forest Green Rovers over the weekend.
The defender, who recently made his return after breaking his ankle in October, stepped off the bench in the 17th minute after club captain Steve McNulty hurt his ankle.
"It really nice to be back in action, it has been a long road to recovery, but I'm eventually at the stage where I can be involved again," said Atkinson.
"A huge thanks must go out to Andy Ogden, the team's fitness coach, because he's put a lot of work into me, strengthening my calf muscles and spent a lot of time with me.
"Obviously I wasn't expecting to come into the game as early, but I got twenty minutes on Tuesday which bedded me in a little bit for today.
"However, I was still thrown into the deep end a little bit on Saturday. Hopefully the more games I play the more match fit I will get, and get some of my sharpness back."
Atkinson pounced in stoppage time, which was a lengthy seven minutes due largely to a staggered substitution of home goalkeeper Sam Russell.
"It was a long time for added play, and we always looked threatening throughout the game going forward, without creating too many clear cut opportunities," said Atkinson.
"Luckily a chance did eventually fall to me, and I was able to take it."
Victory leaves the Cod Army on 69 points - a point ahead of Wrexham at the Blue Square Bet Premier summit and 27 in front of 12th-placed Rovers.