Southend United midfielder Kevan Hurst was delighted to get off the mark for the season following what the winger describes as 'a tough period'.
The 29-year-old, had to be alert to score Blues' second goal against York City on Saturday when Michael Ingham spilled the ball at the midfielder's feet, Hurst firing home with his left foot.
And the Blues man was delighted as his side earned a third consecutive win in the space of a week, at Bootham Crescent.
“It's been a massive and successful week and you can't credit the boys enough for the fine form,” Hurst said.
“Thanks to the Gaffer and the fans for sticking by me because I think at points this season I've been a little bit under par. There have been tough periods but you have to keep on working and you'll get what you deserve.
“We've got nine points from a possible nine and that includes going away to two really difficult sides.
“We stay focused and we know what we need to do. You have to keep grafting and believing and eventually it comes to you.
On the goal – Hurst's first of the season – the midfielder was relieved to get on the scoresheet after bagging 12 in all competitions for Phil Brown's side last season.
“You could see by my celebration how much the goal meant to me. It's been tough for me because I always look to be at the top of my games.
“The 'keeper's dropped it and I saw that he's coming directly at me. I thought I'd take a touch and then I've taken a touch to the left before putting it in the net. It's nice to get off the mark.
“I think the players we've brought in means we have a great chance to kick on as we look to reach League One by the end of the season."