Mick Catlin hailed the impact of former Torquay hitman Tim Sills after he helped Gosport Borough to a home victory over Chelmsford City in the Skrill South.
The 34-year-old striker capped a fine display by netting his side’s second goal in their 2-1 win at Privett Park.
Borough were desperate for a shot in the arm.
And their second win of the season, which featured a brilliant acrobatic goal from Jamie Brown, lifted them off the foot of the table.
‘It was a victory we desperately needed,’ admitted Catlin.
‘It was well deserved against a very capable side who clearly felt they could come here and win.
‘Our two goals were a bit special. They both came from good moves and I’m delighted Tim scored one of them.
‘His presence in the side was infectious and we are delighted to have him here.
‘Now we have a whole week to prepare for the trip to Whitehawk next Saturday.’
Debutant Sills could prove to be the signing of the season.
Prior to his substitution after 80 minutes, he proved to be an inspiration for Borough.
With the ex-Gulls striker, who has also had spells with Oxford United and Hereford, on board, Borough look better equipped to climb the table.
Brown gave the home side the lead on 20 minutes with an effort that delighted the majority of the 500-plus fans packed around the ground.
Chelmsford were still reeling when up popped Sills to meet a fine cross from Tom Dunford to bludgeon home a header and double the advantage.
Only when Borough captain Brown was sent off in the 75th minute for picking up a second yellow card did the Essex visitors threaten.
But the hosts were in no mood to surrender their lead.
A staggering decision gave Tom Derry the chance to pull a goal back from the spot – after he buckled under a tame challenge on 87 minutes.
But it counted for little more than a consolation.
Borough’s midweek clash with Sutton United has been postponed because the Londoners have an FA Cup replay.
Gosport Borough: Ashmore, Forbes, Poate, Brown, Richardson, Pearce, Dunford, Smith, Sills, Wooden, Gosney. Subs: Igoe, Bennett, Martin, Barton, Barfoot