Josh Ford struck an 82nd-minute penalty to earn Boston Town all three points against Yaxley last night.
The striker - on as a fifth-minute substitute - was brought down in the penalty area by the Cuckoos stopper.
But Ford dusted himself down to coolly slot home the Poachers’ winner.
“We left him out but he came on for (Shane) Clancy who got an injury,” admitted Poachers boss Ian Dunn.
“It seemed to work as he had a much better game.
“He’s got a lot of potential and the ability to score a lot of goals at this level.”
Mark Foster had fired the Poachers into a 49th minute lead, only for Yaxley to pull level in this UCL Premier fixture.
Victory was the perfect response for Town, who lost their six-game unbeaten run when they went down 4-0 to Harborough on Saturday.
“The result was obviously very important, but it was our performance level that was a lot better,” Dunn added.
“After going 1-0 up we missed three clear chances.
“Fortunately, we got the penalty and Fordy kept his cool.”
Harry Ashton made his debut between the sticks while on-loan midfielder James Reed and returning striker Ben Good both received extra praise from Dunn.
“We’ve missed Ben’s presence up front,” Dunn added.