Gary Johnson hailed second-half substitute Marvin Elliott for inspiring Bristol City to a 4-1 win over Doncaster.
Elliott was was introduced at half-time in place of Bradley Orr and played a key role in the move which led to a penalty, from which Michael McIndoe opened the scoring.
"Marvin Elliott gives great energy to our side," said Johnson. "It's great to have him back and it didn't take him long to make an impact."
"We needed that first goal but overall I thought we played very well. We have worked hard on opening up teams this week and we created a lot of chances," he added.
"It's good to get our first home league win of the season and I'm delighted for Nicky Maynard because I gave him a bit of a rocket after our defeat by Birmingham in midweek.
"His response was to score one goal and make another so he had a real effect on the game. He's a young lad and that can only do him the world of good."
Visiting boss Sean O'Driscoll was far from down-hearted despite the heft defeat.
"I thought we made a slow start but then weathered the storm and finished the first half on top," he said.
"There were no complaints about the penalty and once we conceded the first goal it was always going to be an uphill battle.
"But we stuck to our guns and kept playing the style of football we are going to employ in the Championship."
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