John Ward heaped praise on John-Joe O'Toole after the midfielder's 12th goal of the season rescued a 1-1 draw against Oxford.
O'Toole got forward to head home a Lee Brown free-kick after 84 minutes, even though he had been told to adopt a deeper role following the introduction of new striker Steven Gillespie off the bench.
Ward said: "John-Joe was asked to play several different positions over the 90 minutes so I was pleased when he received the supporters' vote as man of the match.
"I wanted Steven Gillespie to get into forward positions, which meant John-Joe had to curb his attacking instincts.
"But he makes a habit of getting into good scoring positions and we managed to find him with a quality delivery.
"Our heads could have dropped in tough conditions against a very good side, but we are strong as a group and that mentality will see us through."
Oxford could not hold on to a 10th minute lead given to them by James Constable. The striker netted with a quality volley when Deane Smalley chested a Dave Kitson cross into his path 12 yards out.