Morecambe boss Jim Bentley hailed Danny Carlton after he scored his first goal of the season in Tuesday's Carling Cup win over Barnsley.
Carlton's six-yard strike and a neat finish from winger Kevin Ellison secured a fine win for the Shrimps.
Bentley reserved special praise for Carlton, who signed a new deal with the club in the summer.
He said: "I was delighted for Danny Carlton because he didn't score in pre season and was getting a bit frustrated.
"We know what Danny is all about, though, and just kept telling him to work hard and his goal was a reward for his efforts."