Zak Mills headed home his first goal of the season to ensure Boston United picked up the points against Gainsborough Trinity on Monday.
The defender was pushed out to his favoured right back role and hopes that his matchwinner will act as ammunition for him to convince manager Dennis Greene to let him feature there more regularly.
“I don’t get many. It came across and I chucked myself at it and couldn’t believe it when it went in,” said Mills, who met Lewis Hilliard’s free kick to head home the only goal of this Lincolnshire derby in the 45th minute.
“I’ve been on his case for about a year saying I want to play right back, but I’ve got to do my best for the team wherever he puts me.
“I’m happy to play right back, but if he wants me at centre half then that’s where I play.
“I prefer it at right back, you get more of the ball and get forward more.”
Mills was also pleased to finally get one over Trinity.
He was injured and watched from the stands, alongside fellow defender Carl Piergianni, as United were beaten 1-0 at the Northolme in the National League North.
And a return to the side made no difference as the Blues also progressed 2-0 in the FA Cup earlier this season.
“The first game, me and Pidge were sat in the stands and it was frustrating to watch,” continued Mills.
“We were back for the next game and we lost.
“There was a bit of a bitter feeling about that game, so it was great to get one back.”
Monday’s derby saw Trinity fail to hit their stride as Boston carved out the better chances, even if plenty of opportunities did go begging.
Scott Garner saw two headers flash wide of the mark while Piergianni and John Sands both missed the target when close to goal and well placed.
Mills lashed a left-footed effort into the stands, Jay Rollins saw a volley dip the wrong side of the upright and Hilliard, making his first start since joining the club, sliced a strike wide and tested Jan Budtz with a low effort.
Trinity’s best effort saw Nathan Jarman control the ball beautifully on his chest but as he unleashed a volley on the turn the ball swerved away from Henrich Ravas’ goal.
Jarman also lashed a back post effort wide and Grant Roberts was forced to make a superb last-ditch tackle as Pilgrims old boy Marc Newsham looked set to pick his spot.
UNITED: Ravas, Mills, Garner, Piergianni, Marrs, Hilliard, Richards, Roberts, Felix (Johnson 89), Sands (Robbins 87), Rollins (M. Jones 68); Subs (not used): Limb, Alexander.
TRINITY: Budtz, Lacey, Roma, Picton, Brogan, Russell, Binns (Davis 61), D’Laryea, Drury (Yates HT), Newsham (Stamp 89), Jarman; Subs (not used): Karkach, Hedge.
Ref: Josh Smith. Att: 1,889.