Jamal Campbell-Ryce admits it was an 'emotional return' to Roots Hall after the Barnsley winger knocked Southend United out of the FA Cup.
After leaving Southend last summer for Barnsley, Campbell-Ryce came back to haunt his old club by scoring the only goal of the fourth-round tie.
He did not envisage scoring such a stunning goal and was happy to help his current side into the fifth round.
"It was an emotional return for me, but we came to get a job done and that's the main thing," said Campbell-Ryce.
"I didn't think I would score and get the winner with a screamer like that, but as soon as I hit it I thought it might test Darryl (Flahavan)."
Barnsley boss Simon Davey felt his Championship side edged a contest which saw both keepers tested.
"We deserved it because we did very well in the first half and created a few chances," added Davey.
"Fair play to Southend, they put us under some pressure, but I didn't think they were going to score.
"But the important thing is we are in the next round because it has been a long time since we were in the fifth round."
But Davey's Southend counterpart Steve Tilson was of the view that his players merited a replay at Oakwell.
Tilson said: "We had a right go in the second half, but the ball just did not drop for us and the keeper has made a couple of decent saves.
"Flavs has not had a save to make apart from the goal, which was a fantastic strike from Jamal.
"We deserved to get something out of the game, but players always come back to haunt you, though there was not much Flavs could do about it."