Michael Owen felt that Manchester United's 3-1 win over Wolfsburg was a team effort despite the striker scoring all three goals.
The former Liverpool man struck a minute before half-time and added two more against the run of play in the final 10 minutes, after Edin Dzeko had equalised for Wolfsburg.
However the 29-year-old, Owen is 30 next week, admitted that United had flourished as a team after numerous injuries had decimated their defence.
Patrice Evra, United's only recognised defender in the entire squad, started alongside Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Park Ji-Sung in an unfamiliar backline.
"Me getting three goals will probably grab the headlines, but it was a great team performance," Owen, who took his season tally to seven, said.
"I was playing deep with us having so many players out and we were trying to protect the back four."
The win for the Red Devils made sure they finished on top of the group and Owen is now hoping for a favourable draw in the last-16.
"It's great being top so we play at home second," he added. "But I'm not going to lie, you want as weak a side as possible.
"If a team's got to first or second in the Champions League, there's no weak sides, although you obviously want to avoid the big boys."