Watford boss Gianfranco Zola praised Troy Deeney who scored the winner in a 3-2 victory over Huddersfield.
The 24-year-old had served 77 days of a 10-month sentence for affray imposed in June and rewarded his supportive manager with a late penalty strike.
After securing a first victory in a month, Zola said: "He was outstanding for what he has done.
"He did not have much fuel left in the tank towards the end but he never gave up.
"I don't think it was our best performance but I will take it. On occasions we have played a lot better and not got the points.
"It was tough and we had the better chances but were 1-0 down. We didn't give up and no-one can say we didn't deserve to win."