Daryl Murphy said Nottingham Forest just about earned their win over Norwich City in a tight game at The City Ground.
The Irish striker poked home with 15 minutes to go to seal a 1-0 win, with substitute Mustapha Carayol setting up the goal, and Murphy was delighted to get on the end of his delivery.
Speaking after the game, he said: "It was a really good win. I thought we played well as they are a good side. They have got some really good players in their team and it was a tight game.
"I maybe should have scored before that but I made up for it afterwards.
"We have some very good players on the bench and Muzzy is probably the last player you would want to see coming on if you are a defender. He is so direct and quick, and he does that all the time.
"He crossed the ball in and it is about being in the right place at the right time and thankfully I got across the defender and got a toe on it."
Murphy sat out the last game against Birmingham after being away with the Republic of Ireland on international duty, and believes it is important that he manages his body for the gruelling Championship schedule.
"At my age, it would be very difficult to play every game in the season, especially with the way the games are with Saturday and Tuesday," he said. "I had a chat with the gaffer and he has been brilliant with me since I have been here. I took a rest, came back and I felt good tonight and fresh and sometimes you need that.
"I know my body and I am old enough to know when I can give it my all and maybe, if I went for it, I would be holding someone else back who could do more in the game than I could do. So it is about being clever, seeing what games we have and making sure I am 100 per cent."