Notts County boss Martin Allen praised Lee Hughes after the veteran striker grabbed a brilliant goal in Tuesday's 1-0 victory at Walsall.
Hughes, who has endured some off-field problems this week, latched on to a header from Ben Burgess in the third minute and swivelled to bury a low shot past goalkeeper James Walker at the Banks's Stadium.
"It was a clinical finish by Lee to win us the game and I am delighted for the player," said Allen, whose team picked up their first League One win in nine attempts.
"It was a fantastic goal, and he has had a tough time recently. So for him to get that goal was fantastic."
On the team's recent disappointing record, Allen said: "There has been a lot of negative talk among everybody, and I'm sure the supporters have some valid points. I accept that.
"There has been frustration and disappointment after our good start to the season, and we have had a tricky spell with some tough away games. But we are not rubbish and we are not doing so bad.
"We played very well in the first half and, after Lee's goal, the players battled to keep a clean sheet, put their bodies on the line, and there are a few cuts, bruises and knocks."