Andy Peaks praised his AFC Rushden & Diamonds players as they “kept going” to earn a crucial point in the battle for the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division title.
Diamonds maintained their four-point lead at the top in dramatic fashion in front of over 900 fans at the Dog & Duck.
Second-placed Wisbech Town were on their way to reducing that advantage to just a single point after they took a 12th-minute lead through Luke Wilson.
Peaks’ side struggled to create any clear-cut chances but, as the game moved into the eighth minute of stoppage-time, Brad Harris’ header was adjudged to have crossed the line to spark wild celebrations on the terraces.
With seven games to go, Diamonds have the fate of the title firmly in their own hands.
They are back in action against AFC Kempston Rovers on Tuesday night and Peaks is pleased his team’s battling qualities are being rewarded.
The Diamonds boss said: “We weren’t at our best but credit to the boys, they kept going and to get a goal in stoppage-time is a massive bonus. We are delighted with that point in the end.
“It will feel like a win and it is similar to the game at Holbeach when we scored late on.
“At this time of the season, you will get scrappy games and I always felt it could be decided on set-pieces and that’s how it turned out.
“They got their goal and I think they were happy to break the play up after that.
“We didn’t create enough chances and we struggled to get any momentum.
“But we have done it a few times. We keep going until the end and games like that are starting to pay off for us. Points like the one we got in this game can win you titles.
“It’s in our hands but it’s another tough game on Tuesday. Kempston are a decent side so we will go again.”
Midfielder Adam Confue is a doubt for the midweek clash after he was withdrawn at half-time against Wisbech due to an Achilles injury.