Mark Robins hailed the “wonder strike” by Joel Lynch which helped Town seal a third Championship victory of the season at home to Charlton and said: “It was a goal worthy of winning any match.”
Lynch lashed home a 35-yard shot in the 65th minute after James Vaughan headed Town in front in first-half stoppage time to make it nine goals from as many games.
Cameron Stewart’s 79th-minute reply made in a tense finish for Town fans in a 12,248 crowd, but Town boss Robins, whose side are up to ninth after their 2-1 success, insisted: “I thought we were deserved winners. We were a bit too pedestrian at times, but as I keep saying, we are still working at our new system, and the lads are getting better at it.
“When we started to up the tempo at the end of the first half, we made the breakthrough, and Lynchy’s goal was outstanding.
“Sometimes you just connect with one like he did, and even I had a smile on my face when it went in.
“Charlton made us work for the win, and we did start to drop too deep, but they are a good side, and this was a good win for us.”
Robins handed a first start of the season to Jon Stead and said he was pleased at the way he linked up with goalscorer Vaughan.
And on-loan Swansea defender Jazz Richards made a debut from the bench after his international clearance finally arrived just five hours before the game.
Meanwhile Robins, whose side head to Blackburn for a Roses derby on Saturday, is optimistic midfielder Jonathan Hogg will make a quick recovery from the dead leg which forced him off early in the second half.