Graham Turner praised Jon Taylor after the highly-rated winger played a pivotal role in helping Shrewsbury earn a point against Notts County.
Taylor again underlined his importance to the League One strugglers as Town left it late to rescue a 2-2 draw. Taylor had been rated a major doubt after tweaking a hamstring in Friday night's draw at Bury but he was declared fit to face County and responded with another strong display on the right flank.
Having scored in his last three games, Taylor played a major role in Shrewsbury's 81st-minute leveller against the Magpies with his deflected cross being turned into his own net by County goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Luke Rodgers had earlier fired Shrewsbury ahead against one of his former clubs, before Lee Hughes and Jamal Campbell-Ryce turned the tables to edge the promotion-chasing visitors in front by half-time.
Turner was pleased with the application shown by his side and reserved special praise for Taylor.
"The reports I had on Sunday and Monday were that he had a good chance of being fit so it was never as bad as first feared," said Turner. "We were confident he would be able to play and he actually trained on Christmas Day and was fine.
"With the goal it was difficult to see what happened from the touchline. It's taken a deflection to loop over the keeper.
"County had a lot of the ball in the second half and put us under a bit of pressure but we always looked lively going forward, particularly Jon Taylor, and for his performance and his work again for the cause, he deserved the goal."
Shrewsbury have now lost just one of their last seven games as they attempt to put distance between themselves and the relegation zone, with Turner encouraged by his side's current form.
"In the end it's another point against a tough side who have gone well away from home," he said. "Under the circumstances of the game, we've got to be relatively pleased with a point."