Tony Pulis has hailed the recent form of Jason Puncheon following his winning goal against Aston Villa on Saturday.
The former Southampton man has been influential in Crystal Palace's battle to avoid relegation, scoring three goals in his last two games.
Pulis, who himself has been pivotal to Palace's good form, praised the way Puncheon bounced back after the winger was heavily criticised following a shocking penalty miss away to Tottenham earlier in the season.
He said: "I think the big thing in life is you know you're always going to get knocks, you're always going to be asked questions of, especially as a sportsman.
"When you get those knocks and things going against you, that's when you show your real character, and it's very, very easy to fall within yourself and not come out of yourself, to show you have got that character.
"So it was important for Jason to bounce back, and there's only one person who could do it, irrespective of what I do or don't say, Jason had to do it.
"And he's certainly stepped up to the mark, he's responded well."
Puncheon was also involved in a Twitter row with Neil Warnock after that penalty miss, and he responded back then with vital goals in victories over Hull and Stoke.
And now, Pulis says it is a pleasure to watch his player having another purple patch. The Palace boss said: "It's been lovely to see him scoring goals, how he's taking them with aplomb, it's some good goals he's scored."
The former Stoke manager also says Puncheon's self belief is refreshing to see, and is a factor for his good form. He said: "People get told all the time they can't, and then they start to believe that, when actually they should be trying to prove people wrong.
"So it's nice to get players to respond, but I'm no different from any manager, you try to get the best you possibly can from your players."
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