Matt Green came off the bench to score in the 89th minute as Salford City won 3-2 at Boreham Wood to keep The National League title race wide open.
Salford led 2-0 thanks to first half goals from Carl Piergianni and Liam Hogan, but a controversial penalty gave Boreham Wood hope when Ralston Gabriel slotted home.
Kieran Murtagh brought last season’s play-off finalists level with 20 minutes to go, but Green struck late on to bring the points back north.
Manager Graham Alexander hailed the character of the team and the impact the substitutes had on the match.
“We know we’ve got good quality on the bench so when it was needed, and it was needed to inject some fresh attacking impetus and energy. I thought Greeny, Rory and Danny Whitehead gave us that so it was a massive way to win a game at this stage of the season, I was delighted with the players who were superb with their attitude.
“I thought at 2-0 we were cruising really and the referee gives one of the softest penalties I’ve ever seen, it gave them a lifeline, it put us in the position of not wanting to give another goal away, taking a step back, and credit to them, they played very well.
The centre-back reached an incredible double figures with his seventh-minute header to put Salford in front.
Since joining in December, the forward admits he hasn’t scored as regularly as he had hoped but was delighted with the winner on Friday.