Jon Bukasa was happy to be the late hero for Kettering Town as their charge at the top of the Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central continued at the weekend.
The Poppies battled back from 2-0 down to beat Potters Bar Town 3-2 at Latimer Park with Bukasa’s cross finding its way into the net in the final minute after Elliot Sandy - with his sixth goal in as many games - and Andy Gooding had got their side back on level terms.
The victory resulted in Kettering moving seven points clear at the top of the table.
That advantage could be strengthened further tomorrow (Tuesday) night when they head to third-placed Bedworth United.
Bukasa has been on the fringe of the first-team for most of the season but has impressed when called upon.
And he capped an excellent cameo with a crucial goal, even if it wasn’t intended.
“It’s brilliant,” Bukasa said.
“The guys were working hard throughout the game and it was a difficult one.
“The gaffers said to me to go out there and run at them and try to get a goal or get a chance for someone. Thankfully that’s what happened.
“It was a cross but I meant to put on the keeper and it has gone in. They all count and it has won us the game.
“That’s what you need to be at the top of the table, you need to graft and get a goal at the end in games like that.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb at 2-0 down but that’s why we are where we are. Everyone worked hard and we managed to get the win.
“If you can prove you can prove you can win games when you have come from 2-0 down then who knows what will happen.
“It’s a massive game on Tuesday and hopefully we can get another three points.
“They are doing well this season but we will try to get another win to keep it going.”
As far as his own position is concerned, Bukasa insists he will continue to try to impress when he gets the opportunity.
He added: “That’s how it is in football, you have to be patient.
“But when you get your chance you have to prove that you can be in the team. That’s what I have tried to do.”