JORDY Hiwula believes the last-gasp drama at Chesterfield on Saturday shows Wigan Athletic have the character to underpin a successful League One promotion push.
Latics recovered from two goals down to win 3-2 at the Proact Stadium, with Hiwula popping up with seconds to go to grab the winning goal.
It was the perfect way to announce his arrival on the scene following his season-long switch from Championship outfit Huddersfield.
And the 20-year-old believes Latics sent out a clear statement of intent.
“Not every game’s going to be like that, but it shows if we keep on working hard then we will get our rewards in the end,” he told the Evening Post.
“We’ve just got to keep on going, even when times are hard like they were at Chesterfield.
“Things didn’t go our way for long periods, everything went against us, but we stuck at it and that’s what you have to do. The goalkeeper made some unbelievable saves, it was hard to break him down. But we broke him in the end.
“All the players feel we properly connected with the fans at the end, and I think that showed. Hopefully we can kick on from here and give them a lot more to cheer about.”
Hiwula’s lively cameo off the bench in the second half helped Latics recover from a potentially damaging 2-0 deficit to record their first away win of the campaign at the third attempt.
He admits he was sent on with simple instructions from manager Gary Caldwell.
“The gaffer told me to go on, work hard, and be a goal threat,” Hiwula revealed.
“And that’s what I thought I was – a goal threat.
“I missed the first opportunity, which hit the crossbar, and I just had to get that out of my head.
“I told myself if another chance came along, I had to score – and that’s what I did.”
Latics are on the road again this weekend at Port Vale, with the side now within touching distance of the top six after back-to-back wins.
“It’s going to be another tough test for us at Port Vale, but we have to try and kick on and keep it going,” added Hiwula.
“We won against Crewe, we backed that up at Chesterfield, and long may the run continue.”