Cove Rangers manager John Sheran hailed hat-trick hero Mitch Megginson after their 3-2 win against Inverurie Locos.
The Granite City side edged out the Railwaymen at Harlaw Park to maintain their 100% start to the Highland League with six wins out of six games.
Cove were ahead through Megginson’s early penalty before Jordan Leyden and Chris Angus hit back for Locos.
Megginson restored parity before the break and bagged the clincher in the second period.
Boss Sheran praised the striker for his display and also his team for showing character to come from behind and win.
He said: “Mitch gets worse tackles on him that the rest of our team combined and he has been struggling with knocks.
“But he’s getting better and he’s sharp, last night was as sharp as he’s been he took his goals well and was a threat all night.
“We’ve played better this year than we did last night.
“But we have to give Inverurie credit because they worked really hard to stop us playing.
“We were slightly below our best, but got the job done which is the important thing.
“I would say it was character and quality to dig in and pull through.
“In those situations everyone has to give a little bit more which they did. We were 1-0 up and then 2-1 down in the space of a few minutes.
“It takes character to come back from that and they certainly showed it.
“During the season there are always points where you need to dig in.
“It can be getting a draw from a losing position or turning a draw into a win like last night.
“We were pushing to get the goal and it was a fantastic move and a tremendous finish from Mitch to win it.”
Inverurie boss Neil Cooper was proud of his players and said: “We had an early penalty against us which I thought was harsh.
“But we came back with a good move to equalise and then got in front.
“We wanted to get in at half-time but they scored just before and went in level.
“Cove had the better chances in the second half with Andy Reid having a couple of very good saves.
“But I can’t fault my players, their attitude was excellent and Cove are a good team.
“They probably just deserved to edge it, but I can’t fault the performance the boys put in.
“We want to test ourselves against the top teams like Cove and others.
“We’ve still got a bit to go and players to come back from injury, but we gave a good account of ourselves.”