ROB EDWARDS rolled back the years to raise the McAlpine roof.
Last night's crucial strike against Lincoln which booked Town's trip to the Third Division play-off final at Cardiff was only the second goal of his second spell at Town.
But when he first arrived at the McAlpine back in March 1996, he was a useful marksman with Crewe (58 goals in 198 games).
And the 34-year-old admits he had a flashback as his big chance arrived in the 83rd minute of a tense and dramatic clash with Lincoln.
"I've broken up into the box and the ball's arrived nicely on my right foot," he recalled.
"I can see a defender closing me down, so I know I have to make decent contact with the ball, otherwise he's going to block.
"It's a case of dusting off the cobwebs on my right foot and in it went - what a feeling."
It was Edwards' 19th goal for Town, and while his haul includes spectacular strikes in Sky-screened matches against Manchester City and Blackburn, he has no doubt his latest is his best yet.
"It has to be. To get the goal which takes Town to the Millennium Stadium, bringing so much pleasure to so many people, there's no question," he said.
The fans, of course, were biting their fingernails after Lincoln's first-half blitz of two goals in 66 seconds, which put them 3-2 ahead on aggregate.
But, according to Edwards, Town's management duo of Peter Jackson and Terry Yorath stayed ice cool - and relayed a crucial message to the players.
"There were some devastated lads in the drsssing room at half-time, because we knew we'd let ourselves and the fans down.
"But the gaffer and Taff got us all together in a huddle, told us the first half was history and basically said let's get our heads together again and just give it 110%.
"We did just that, the crowd got behind us brilliantly, and when we levelled the tie with Danny Schofield's penalty (in the 58th minute), I think we all felt we were going to do it.
Now Edwards, who has yet to learn if he is to get a contract for next season, is hoping for a third successive start at the Millennium Stadium on Monday, May 31.
"Before the play-off first leg at Lincoln last Saturday, my last start was down at Cambridge in January," explained the man who played for Crewe when they were beaten on penalties by York in the 1993 Third Division play-off final at Wembley.
"Hopefully I've done enough to get another start!"