Max Power admitted his first Wigan Athletic goal in 20 months at Wimbledon led to an incredible roller-coaster of emotions that almost led him to run out of the Cherry Red Records Stadium and into the south London night!
Latics cemented their position on top of League One with a 4-0 victory that looked far more comfortable on the scoreboard than it had been on the pitch.
The visitors had only just taken the lead through Michael Jacobs when Dons midfielder Harry Forrester was dismissed for his second bookable offence at the three-quarter mark.
And further goals from Nick Powell and substitutes Power and Ivan Toney rubbed salt into the Wimbledon wounds.
While Powell’s magnificent effort would have contended for ‘Goal of the Month’ at any other time of the season, Power’s strike - a 30-yard rocket into the top corner - surely won’t be bettered all campaign.
Little wonder the 24-year-old - whose drought stretched back all the way to Good Friday 2016, at Swindon - was beaming in the aftermath.
“It’s been a while - and I think you could tell with my celebration,” he smiled.
“I don’t know what I was feeling most - whether it was relief, joy, anger...a bit of everything really!
“I started running and I was half-thinking of keeping going and running out of the ground!
“My dad was in the away end somewhere, he follows me up and down the country, but he’s so tiny I couldn’t pick him out!
“We have a chat after every game, and it’ll be really nice to be able to talk about having scored a goal like that.”
The skill, precision and power of Max’s thronker will have had most people who saw it wondering why it had been so long in coming.
And those onlookers include the man himself!
“I practice shooting every day in training, and the lads will tell you I fancy myself as a finisher,” he grimaced.
“To be fair, I don’t know how I can say that with a straight face after going 20 months without one!
“But all jokes aside the staff sometimes have to pull me in off the training ground when I’m doing my shooting practice.
“The year I left Tranmere, I scored 16 goals, and I’ve always known I can score goals.
“It was great to see it go in, and hopefully it’s the first of a few.”