Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson believes loan star Jonathan Forte could help fire his side to promotion after his goal set up a 2-0 win at Bury.
The powerful striker claimed his first goal since returning to the club in a deadline day switch from Southampton by putting the Blades ahead in the 38th minute. Jamie Murphy wrapped up the points on the hour with his first strike since signing from Motherwell.
Wilson reckons Forte's partnership with Dave Kitson could prove the difference in the race to reach the Championship. "Jonathan was a threat all the game," said Wilson. "There were a couple of incidents when he was unlucky and a couple when he should've shot earlier but maybe that's a bit of ring rust from not playing.
"But then he comes on and gets at people the way he did and that's exactly the type of goal we expected him to get. I love Kits too. I think he's a great player. He links the ball so intelligently and he sees things people don't see. That's why he's played Premier League and commanded fees like he has.
"At our level he's the difference at times and I'm delighted we've managed to keep hold of him."
Forte scuffed an early chance, hitting his shot straight at Trevor Carson from Ryan Flynn's wicked cross. But he made amends seven minutes before the break, cutting in from the left to fire into the bottom corner of the net. The Blades sealed victory on the hour through a superb finish from Murphy to leave Wilson purring.
"I don't think it's any coincidence we start playing with more confidence when we get our senior players back," he added. "We're getting something like our strongest team back and when we have that, we're a match for anybody."
Meanwhile, Bury boss Kevin Blackwell continues the quest for reinforcements as he attempts to keep the struggling Shakers up on a shoestring budget.
He said: "We're in trouble but what we've shown is we're capable of playing against anyone. We don't have the depth of squad to carry any injuries so if two or three are a bit below par we're not strong enough to be able to change it.
"We're panning for gold here because we need to find someone who fits the bill, at the standard, is out of contract and will play for nothing. I need another centre-half and I need another midfield player. The search will not stop but we need to find the right players."