Debutant George Edmundson labelled Derby County’s dramatic late victory at Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night as a big one.
Derby were 2-1 winners at Adams Park as Andre Wisdom lashed home the decisive goal deep into added time to secure all three points for Wayne Rooney’s side.
Edmundson, who is 23, came off the bench in the first half after Matt Clarke was forced off with a knock to his hip to make his Rams bow.
The on-loan Rangers defender joined Derby on Deadline Day earlier this month and has recently recovered from hernia surgery at his parent club.
The victory against the Chairboys means the Rams have picked up back-to-back 2-1 wins in the Sky Bet Championship, after defeating Middlesbrough at Pride Park Stadium last Saturday, and they now sit six points clear of the bottom three.
Edmundson has insisted Derby are not getting ahead of themselves and know there’s plenty of work still to do in the final 17 games of the campaign.
“It was a hard game and Wycombe are a tough team,” Edmundson told Talksport after the game.
“We had to match them physically and I thought we did that. Marshy (David Marshall) made some great saves and sometimes you need that from your goalkeeper on nights like this.
“We managed to get the three points at the end and that’s the main thing as this is a big win for us.
“We’re not one of those teams looking too far ahead of thinking ‘we’ll easily get out of this’ or anything like that, we know we’re still in the fight with a lot of teams.
“We just need to keep building up the points and take every game as it comes.”
He added: “We’ve got Watford and after back-to-back wins we’re a team in a bit of form, so we need to make it a tough game for them.”
Edmundson is enjoying life working under Rooney in his early weeks at the club.
The former Oldham Athletic centre-back is already well accustomed to being managed by a former player with a high standing in the game, with former Liverpool and England midfielder Steve Gerrard in the hotseat at Rangers.
“It’s crazy,” he admitted.
“Growing up watching him play, it is pretty crazy to be managed by Wayne Rooney and it’s a bit of a dream really.
“I’ve only been here a few weeks and training has been really good and you can see how much he loves the game.”
Derby return to Sky Bet Championship action on Friday night with an away fixture at Watford (7:45pm kick-off).