Gregg Smith has accepted a two-year deal to stay with Boston United until the end of the 2017-18 season.
The ‘monumental’ target man was offered the contract prior to kick off, and repaid manager Dennis Greene by heading home the 93rd minute winner against Alfreton Town, his third goal in as many games.
“Gregg’s as good as anything in this league in the air,” said a jubilant Greene.
“I spoke to him before tonight and I’ve rewarded him with a two-year contract.
“He’ll sign a contract to keep him here this year and next year. He’s been absolutely monumental.”
Greene added that he hopes to get the contract signed as soon as possible, what he describes as a fair reward for the summer signing’s performances.
“I’ve offered him a deal and he’s accepted it. We’ll draw up the paperwork and we’ll get it done,” the manager added.
“The fans love him, I love him. He’s an inspiration and he’s dug us out of jail.
“He loves it here. We’re putting him under a contract for a reward for his efforts.
“Many players here are on contracts so it’s only right it’s the same for Gregg.”
Tonight’s last-gasp victory sees Boston move up to 15th in the National League North.
Craig Westcarr and Ryan Wilson appeared to have won it for Town, aided by some superb saves by ex-Pilgrim Fabian Spiess.
Jay Rollins had scored for Boston but an 89th-minute penalty from Liam Agnew levelled things up, only for Smith to strike in stoppage time.
“It was a real Hollywood ending,” Greene smirked.
“We just had to gamble, throw everyone forward. The pressure normally tells and we got two late goals.
“Fab must have made about eight saves, but he’s a top keeper.
“We came back, I don’t know how, but we showed great character and spirit. Let’s hope it’s a turning point.
“Seven points in three games ain’t bad.”
Greene also gave the thumbs up to attacker Lamin Colley for his tricky performance after coming on for his first appearance in six games.
“His attitude’s been spot on and he showed those tricky feet tonight, we’re pleased with that,” he said.