Milton Keynes Dons manager Karl Robinson praised Delle Alli as the teenager's wonder goal set his side on their way to a 2-1 victory at Coventry City.
Alli, 17, reportedly attracting interest from a host of top-flight clubs, did nothing to harm his reputation when he scored a stunning volley from 25 yards in the 39th minute.
Home skipper Carl Baker equalised 12 minutes after the interval as Coventry came out strongly, but substitute Izale McLeod stopped them in their tracks with his first touch after stepping off the bench before Baker missed a penalty.
Robinson was full of praise for Alli as the youngster was pivotal to the Dons' moving to within three points of the play-offs.
"I think he's certainly proved he is one of the best players in the league," Robinson said.
"He was all over the pitch, and his physical components are scary. It's a wonder goal.
"We've got the three points and we're back into contention, and I'm pleased with the team.
"It was an interesting game, and we're closer to the play-offs now.
"It's funny how a week in football can change things. I don't know how we're still there, honestly!
"I've got five subs and four youth-team players in the squad; I'm winging this one quite well!
"But the see-saw swings back in our favour.
"Our performance last week deserved more, and this was an interesting game.
"We always have interesting games at Sixfields and this was a good day with results going our way."
Coventry look to have done enough to avoid being dragged into a relegation fight, but need another win to calm any nerves in the final weeks.
Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley was pleased with his side's efforts despite the result, but rued his side's missed chances in the second-half.
Pressley said: "The first-half was a game of few moments and we had a few great opportunities.
"We created a lot of good opportunities again in the second and the penalty miss was at a crucial time in the game, we were on top.
"Probably what let us down was our final pass, but in terms of the group's attitude - it was fantastic.
"Their first goal was outstanding. You can defend these situations a bit better, but we defended the first ball and it falls to the edge of the box and it's an incredible strike.
"We needed to be a little bit more aggressive in our passing and look towards our strikers.
"We were on the front foot in the second-half and but for an exceptional one moment it's disappointing we haven't got anything."