Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee watched Tom Eaves put in a sterling performance in the 3-2 win over Chesterfield and admitted he got his tactics wrong in recent matches by playing the youngster as a lone striker.
After defeats to Sheffield United in the FA Cup and Southend in the league, McGhee reverted to a 4-4-2 formation against the Spireites, giving Eaves a strike partner in Joe Anyinsah. And Eaves responded by making two goals and scoring the winner, with the on-loan Bolton forward proving too hot to handle for Chesterfield's defence.
McGhee said: "I'm big enough to admit I made a mistake in not giving Tom support in the last couple of games.
"Here he was immense and for a loan player to show such commitment was fantastic. I'm really pleased for him.
"He enjoyed having Joe Anyinsah up alongside and I thought both did really well. It was a game we needed to win and hopefully it gives us something to build on. We now have a week to work on the individual mistakes that are still making life difficult for ourselves."
Visiting boss Paul Cook was in no mood to take heart from his team's encouraging display..
He said: "Defeats hurt and I am not the sort to talk about taking the positives when we lose.
"We think we are a big club in this division, but big clubs don't keep losing and we have to work even harder to improve.
"Any neutral would say we deserved something from the game, but we are where we are in the league for a reason.
"Our supporters were fantastic and it's time we started to give them the results they want. We have good players but we have to do better as a team."