Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner hailed the impact of match-winner Nicky Wroe after he grabbed the goal to sink Stevenage 1-0 on his home debut.
The former Torquay man, the most influential player on the pitch, made the breakthrough in the 37th minute. Lionel Ainsworth's shot was blocked but Wroe controlled instantly before flicking a measured shot to the far corner of the net.
Turner said: "I've got to say he looks a good £10,000 worth which is what he's cost us from Torquay."
He added: "It was a good finish, very composed, he got himself into a good position to pick up the loose ball and he deserved the goal. He's played three games for us, we've won all of them, so it's a good start.
"Stevenage were never going to come here and lie down, they were organised and took the game to us.
"We've played a few more games than some of the sides around us in the table but we're in an automatic promotion spot which at this stage is where we want to be. We've just got to kick on now."
Stevenage manager Graham Westley felt his side had been "mugged".
Westley said: "For large periods of the game we've dominated, certainly in the second half.
"People can say what they want about them maybe sitting in a bit at 1-0 but I said to Graham (Turner) at the end that I felt as though we had been mugged.
"He didn't have anything to say back to me which is probably an indication that he felt the same way."
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