Padraig Amond admitted he was relieved to score his first Morecambe goal against Plymouth on Saturday.
The Irishman fired in the winner in the 2-1 victory seven minutes from time as the Shrimps won a scrappy game to finish a big week in the club’s history on a high.
The former Accrington man also hoped the goal had given boss Jim Bentley something to think about after he got the nod instead of Jack Sampson on Saturday.
He said: “I’m really, really happy, and I would never had said it to anyone but I was a little bit anxious but you try and keep a brave face on every game you go without a goal.
“I haven’t really played much up front and hopefully I’ve given the gaffer a bit of a headache.
“Jack played really well against Exeter last week and Newcastle during the week.
“But I’ve thrown my hat into the ring and we’ll just see what happens next week.”
The 25-year-old said it was all the sweeter to score a winner on home turf.
He said: “It’s always nice to score any goal and it’s nice when it’s the winner but it’s even nicer when it’s the winner at home.
“More importantly it’s a great win for the lads after a tough week.
“I suppose if you’d offered us this sequence of results in the last three games everyone would have taken it.
“Newcastle was a tough game which was always going to look after itself and it was always going to be hard to get ourselves going today.
“We had 6,000 here the other night which is easy to lift your game for.
“Today was probably the most important of the three games during the week, and it was great to get the win.”