Port Vale manager Micky Adams was beaming after Gary Roberts' stunning strike sank Shrewsbury.
The midfielder cracked home an unstoppable 25-yard effort 18 minutes from time to clinch a 1-0 win and send Vale four points clear at the top of League Two.
Adams said: "It was a tight game and I was thinking a goal would either come from a set-piece or a bit of brilliance. It was nice to see that bit of brilliance come from one of our players."
He added: "Gary Roberts is a very talented lad who has got that capability in his locker. As soon as the ball left his boot everyone knew it was in the net."
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.