There’s not a lot that can top a vital last-minute goal, least of all when it gets you a deserved result in a big game against a rival team, writes Walsall blogger Mark Jones.
Unless, of course, you follow it up with an accomplished win over another rival team three days later.
So it’s fair to say the 77 hours between Jamie Paterson’s magnificent 90th minute equaliser at the County Ground and the referee putting Tranmere out of their misery on Tuesday evening have been well worth celebrating for the mighty Saddlers.
The only minor quibbles would be that, with a bit more luck, we could have had taken all three points from an impressive Swindon side and could well have boosted our goal difference the other night.
Last Saturday, we were the victims of a very fortunate Swindon opener against the run of play, let in a bit of a soft second goal.
It’s happened to the best, we told our goalkeeper Aaron McCarey, so we won’t blame you. We also had a blatant penalty turned down.
Yet our performance deserved some reward and Jamie Paterson's first-ever header hit the back of the net, the away end went mental like it was 2007 all over again.
Credit, too, to Ashley Hemmings for a superb cross and, of course, credit to manager Dean Smith for making what was not necessarily the obvious substitution in the first place.
To top that off, we made a Tranmere team that have been challenging right at the top all season look distinctly second rate.
We had our usual chance cleared off the line and Sam Mantom deserved a goal for his first-half rocket.
But, once again, the combination of immense work-rate when we don’t have the ball and quality passing and movement when we do proved too much for the opposition once again.
In the end, it was a stunner from Craig Westcarr after another cool as you like penalty from Will Grigg that finished off Ronnie Moore’s men.
And I know Ron was critical of his team’s effort but how about a bit of credit for us, eh?
After 10 penalties this season, we have to face facts, the run can’t go on forever - there will be a game where we don’t get a spot kick!
Until then, Febian Brandy can keep on causing chaos, teams can on keep fouling him and Will can keep on stepping up and finishing.
For the second month running, Dean Smith has been quite rightly nominated for the League One Manager of the Month Award, which for some strange reason now takes about three weeks to sort out.
'Deano' deserves so much credit for the way the team has come together, the football we are playing and the run we are on. He fully deserves to keep his crown.
Febian is also up for Player of the Month. This is hardly a surprise given there is no League One defender alive capable of stopping him, at the moment, legitimately at least. Go on Feb sign up, you know you want to.
It’s not just our fleet-footed number 12 that deserves to be singled out, Grigg, Westcarr, Pato, either of the Chambers twins, Mantom, Downing, Butler, Andy Taylor – any of them could be up for that award.
We just really are a good team at the moment. We have a chance of glory over these last eight games, but whatever happens it is fantastic to see how this team is growing.
We finally have a team we can be proud of and that’s a phrase worth celebrating.