Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis heaped praise on striker Bradden Inman after the Australian came off the bench to score and give his side a vital 2-1 victory at Crawley Town.
Relegation-threatened Alex had gone in front when the on-loan Uche Ikpeazu fired home from close range in the 18th minute.
Crawley, now beaten in their last five games, improved after the break and substitute Jamie Proctor pulled them level with a tremendous 25-yard drive after 69 minutes which flew into the top corner of the net.
But Inman, left out of Crewe's previous 2-1 home defeat to Coventry, had the final say by steering the ball home 10 minutes from time following a lovely pass by Bryon Moore.
Davis felt Inman had responded to being dropped in the best possible style.
He said: "Brad is the kind of player who can make an impact. Leaving him out of the side hurt him but there he was for the winner getting behind the defender.
"He has got great pace and we know the kind of things he is capable of. On his day he is unplayable.
"The ball from Byron Moore was a great one and Brad was on it like a flash. It was a great finish."
Crewe remain in the relegation zone on goal difference after their rivals also picked up points, but Davis believes his men have boosted their bid to avoid relegation after recording their second successive away win.
Alex also played well in beating Gillingham 3-1 on their travels, and Davis said: "That's back-to-back away wins and something we needed.
"There are a lot of teams scrambling for points at the bottom and hopefully in five games' time we will still be in League One because that's where he want to be."
It does not get any easier for Crewe with a home game against leaders Wolves looming, but Davis is relishing the challenge.
He added: "We certainly will be looking forward to it, and are well aware that Wolves could not break down Stevenage recently.
"I know that our lads can beat anyone on their day and generally this is the case in this league."
Crawley boss John Gregory admitted his side are now looking over their shoulders after a fifth straight defeat left them with their worst losing run since entering the Football League.
The Reds have scored just twice in their losing run and Gregory is demanding a big improvement with eight matches remaining.
He said: "It's the first time I've had to look over our shoulders since I've been here. Some of the results in the bottom half were not good for us today.
"But it's in our own hands and other clubs around us don't have the luxury of the games in hand.
"The second half was a much better performance and when it got back to 1-1 it looked as though there was only going to be one winner."
Gregory believes his men are making it harder for themselves by slipping up against sides not challenging towards the top of the table.
He added: "We've saved our best performances for the better teams this season. I got a text six weeks ago telling me we had six winnable games over the next month - we haven't won one of them.
"They were considered to be the easy ones, which tells you a lot about my team. But ultimately the outcome of the matches are solely down to me.
"We've tried to be too clever. We gave them two goals today, they were two big mistakes, and it's rather difficult for me to accept."