A delighted Henrich Ravas left Damson Park with a clean sheet, three points and the knowledge he had exorcised his Solihull Moors demons.
Boston United’s goalkeeper cut a dejected figure as he boarded the team bus on his first visit to the Moors, his 80th-minute spill of a routine catch allowing Callum Gittings to tap home the goal which dumped the Pilgrims out of the FA Trophy.
And, in a twist of the fixtures, the Slovakian found himself back at the same ground to face the same opponents in National League North action exactly one week earlier.
But although the two clubs and the scoreline remained the same, the outcome was a totally different one - Dayle Southwell’s finish earning Boston the points and ending their hosts’ 17-game unbeaten start to the season.
“It’s a weird place for me after last week,” admitted Ravas.
“It’s a goalkeeper’s life. If a striker makes a mistake and loses the ball nothing will happen. If a goalkeeper makes a mistake it’s a goal or you are lucky and just look stupid.
“Last week I was thinking about that all Saturday and Sunday. I was thinking I should have done better.
“The first save put my confidence back and I was thinking ‘clean sheet today’.”
Ravas also admitted that the support he received from his teammates made his instant return to Damson Park that much easier.
He added: “On the Saturday night I text them ‘sorry boys’, but they just gave me support and it was very nice from them.
“Today I was just trying to help and get back what I did last week.”
Ravas did just that with a series of saves to earn his shut-out.
After Ryan Beswick and Darryl Knights had both blazed over from distance and Liam Daly saw his header land on the roof of the Pilgrims’ net, the keeper was forced into two important saves.
After smothering Beswick’s powerful strike at the second attempt, he used his legs to deny Akwase Asante’s low effort after he broke through the Boston ranks.
After the break Knights again brought the best out of Ravas, the keeper also ensuring a point as he tipped Daly’s powerful strike wide at the death.
But it was at the other end where the damage was done, Southwell forcing home Jay Rollins’ deep cross from close range with 66 minutes on the clock.
Boston went close to adding to their tally as Carl Piergianni and Kaine Felix both saw efforts blocked in the first half before Jordan Blinco’s looping 20-yarder was held by Benjamin Siegrist.
United almost doubled their advantage in the unlikeliest of circumstances when Siegrist almost fumbled Zak Mills’ throw in into his own net, the keeper just getting there in time.
The Pilgrims kicked off with Scott Garner back from suspension and back in midfield, but striker John Sands could not join him.
The forward will be sidelined a little longer after having a cyst removed following a routine check up of a previous hernia problem.