Sean McConville admitted it was a relief to score his first goal following his return to Stanley – and it made it more special that it was the winner against Mansfield.
Winger McConville came back to the Reds in the summer after initially leaving in 2011 and he fired home the only goal against the Stags in the 33rd minute after a lack-lustre opening by the Reds.
His shot took a deflection to wrong-foot Brian Jensen and then Stanley could have gone on to make the win more convincing.
“It’s always good to get off the mark and get up and running and I will take it whether it’s one yard out or whether it gets a nick!” said McConville.
“The most important thing though was the three points. I think we perhaps gave Mansfield too much respect in the opening half an hour and we were under the cosh.
“For some reason I think every one, me included, was nervous at the start but you have got to give Mansfield some credit for that. We had to dig in but you will have spells like that as you can’t always be on top in games.
“Once we scored it seemed to settle everyone down and it was like a weight had been lifted from our shoulders.
“In the second half we played magnificently and it could have been two, three or four.
“The pleasing thing as well was the clean sheet as apparently we hadn’t kept one since February.
“The gaffer had been taking about it and saying how important it was and we have tightened up at the back.
“If you are solid at the back and we can hold teams to nil for a long period of the game then we have forward thinking players who will go and snatch a win. The goals will start flowing now.”
With four points on the board, the Reds will be looking to add more at promotion favourites Notts County on Saturday.
“I think their pitch will suit us as it’s open and we can play our passing game,” added McConville. “We will go there, hopefully keep their fans quiet and return home with three points.”