Adam Idah proved the Norwich City match-winner with not just his first Premier League goal but his first Carrow Road goal in first-team football as Everton were beaten 2-1.
The 20-year-old Republic of Ireland international managed to squeeze a shot past Jordan Pickford just a minute after a Michael Keane own goal had released the pressure valve at Carrow Road.
His goal turned that into genuine joy after a miserable run of six top-flight defeats without a goal and a determined display saw the Canaries hold out after Richarlison’s spectacular bicycle-kick halved the deficit in the 61st minute.
“It’s been a long time coming, I’ve been waiting a long time and what a feeling it is,” said the beaming Irishman after full-time.
“To do it at home, in front of all of these fans, especially with the situation we’re in right now, is some feeling!
“So I’m delighted, not even with the goal, just to get the win, for the staff and all of that. Hopefully this is the turning point to get us some points and start winning games.”
Idah ran to the Snake Pit corner pumping his fists jubilantly, having scored all of his first six goals for Norwich away from home.
“It was a bit of everything,” he said of that celebration. “With the situation we’re in, it takes that bit of pressure off, with the fans as well, it’s been difficult for them.
“It lifted everyone’s spirits, the fans were behind us a lot and that’s what we needed.
“We’re not far off teams in the league and if we all stay together as a club, everyone together, then we can get through this and I’m sure we can stay in the Premier League.”
Victory moved Dean Smith’s team up to 18th thanks to Watford grabbing a late equaliser at Newcastle, although City’s survival rivals all have games in hand.
It was an agonising wait for the final whistle, as seven minutes of injury-time continued due to further injury stoppages – although Idah was denied a second by a crucial block during those closing stages and Milot Rashica also hit the post before the final whistle sparked a huge roar and a standing ovation.
“I didn’t know how long was added, I kept looking at the clock to see when the game was going to finish,” Idah admitted.
“But everyone did a really good job, got stuck in and stuck together. We’re all over the moon to get that win and we just need to keep this going.”
Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams set up Idah’s goal with an interception and a buccaneering run down the left before a pinpoint pass to the striker.
“To be fair to Brandon, I think he has been brilliant all season. That run there was unbelievable,” the youngster added.
“Me and Brandon spoke before the game and he said he was going to give me an assist, so we were both buzzing in the changing room!
“It paid off well and I’m just delighted to get the win.”
The Toffees arrived in Norfolk looking to pull out of a nosedive but now have just one win in 13 games and manager Rafa Benitez is under heavy pressure, with the visiting fans calling for the former Liverpool boss to be sacked and a banner with the same sentiment unfurled.
Idah says City didn’t pay attention to the Toffees’ situation though and just tried to show their true colours on home turf.
“I think we just had to focus on ourselves,” he added. “It’s been like that for every game, we don’t really put much focus on where the opposition team are in the league.
“We need to focus on ourselves and that’s what we did, we went in with a really good game-plan and we ground out the result.
“We didn’t get the clean sheet that we wanted but great character in the team and to win 2-1 was just great.”