Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine had a hunch his side's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Chesterfield would go to penalties.
The Owls appeared to be heading for a second-round exit when Craig Davies put the Spireites 2-1 up in the 84th minute, but Marcus Tudgay hit a goal for Irvine's side who then edged through 8-7 on penalties.
Irvine said: "It was a massive relief to get a goal back so quickly at the end because it was a game we could have obviously lost. I thought there was always a chance of it going to penalties. There were far too many chances at our end for my liking. We were very easy to get at."
He added: "It was probably a very enjoyable game for everybody apart from John Sheridan and I. Nicky Weaver made some terrific saves and he was close to some others as well.
"I'm certainly not going to say we've turned the corner, but October has started better than the whole of September went."
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