JOHN Coleman had said he wished he could have 20 Andy Todd's in his squad for the winger's "smashing character" and "first class attitude."
And the manager could add to that "lethal finishing" after the 28-year-old helped to turn what would have been a devastating defeat into what could be a vital draw against Lincoln City on Saturday.
Todd, as he did against Darlington the previous Tuesday, proved to be the catalyst to a Reds revival although this time - unlike the trip to the North East - Stanley got something out of the game with a welcome point in their fight against the drop.
And Todd's battling attitude was reflected in the team as a whole with Lincoln head coach John Schofield - whose side are chasing automatic promotion - admitting it was definitely a point gained for his side.
"Accrington gave us a hard game the last time they played us in September and they have improved since then," said Schofield.
Todd is one player who has got better as he has got used to the Football League.
He did go off the boil slightly and Coleman dropped him two games ago for the Stockport clash.
However, the former Burton man has won his place back and played a large part in helping the Reds put two home poor shows behind them by carving a goal out of nothing on Saturday. Todd got the ball 30 yards out in a seemingly harmless position, took it down and placed it perfectly into the bottom corner of the net beyond diving keeper Alan Marriott to make it 1-1 - and lift his side.
"I think this game showed the passion, desire and work rate of the team," said the delighted wideman after the clash.
"It was there for the entire 90 minutes and we have got to keep up this tempo until the end of the season. If we put in the same amount of effort we will not have too many problems."
While Todd sparked the revival, hot shot Paul Mullin was the Stanley saviour getting on the end of Michael Welch's through ball and finishing into the bottom of the net 17 minutes from time to make sure the Reds did grab the crucial point.
"It was a really great ball from Welchy," said the striker. "He saw my run and hit it over the full back and I got onto it and just put the ball in.
"I was relieved and I think we deserved it in the second half. They are a very good side and are up there so we have got to be happy with a point.
"Now I have got to keep going, getting a goal here and there. My goal last week was in vain as we lost so I enjoyed this one.
"And the performance was a lot better. We haven't created chances in our last two home games but we did against Lincoln and hopefully we can build on that and take confidence as there are not many better sides in the league."
The Reds faced Lincoln on the back of a run of three defeats in four games and with one win in their previous 10 home matches.
Coleman admitted his side had put in two lack-lustre shows against Chester and Stockport in their previous two home games, creating limited chances, and was demanding a much improved performance which showed the Reds, at least, meant business.
And he got the response he was looking for - if not the three points.
"I can't fault our effort," said Coleman. "That performance reflected myself and Jimmy's attitude towards football and if we had played like that against Chester and Stockport we would have blown them both away and been six points better off up the table.
"All we asked for against Lincoln was fighting spirit and a bit of passion and, in the main part, they did show that. We got the performance - just not the result.
"But it must have been a cracking game for a neutral."
It wasn't so cracking at the beginning for the Reds as it started badly.
New keeper David Martin, from Liverpool, was ready for his debut, stepped back in the area within minutes of kick off and went over on his ankle.
The 21-year-old, who had only signed up 24 hours earlier, ended up coming off after five minutes, getting rushed to hospital and hobbling back on crutches with a swollen - but not broken - ankle.
"It must have been a world record - making his debut without touching the ball. It is frustrating but life has dealt us a lot of bad blows this season and that is just another one," said the Reds chief.
That was Stanley's 16th registered goalkeeper since their arrival in the Nationwide Conference four years ago.
But the Reds did have Bolton loanee Przemyslaw Kazimierczak waiting on the bench and he came on to a good reception from the home fans who have taken to the Polish youngster.
However, it just seemed not to be the Reds' day when Mullin bundled the ball home on 10 minutes but it was ruled out for a foul on Marriott - which seemed harsh.
And, to add to Stanley's woes, five minutes later Lee Frecklington's corner found it's way to the edge of the area and Lee Beevers rifled the ball home from 12 yards out. "It was a training ground routine," said Schofield tongue-in-cheek, as he admitted the goal had an element of luck about it.
However, the Reds did not lie down - Shaun Whalley made one of his mazy runs but was hacked down on the edge of the area with Welch's resulting free kick pushed out by Marriott.
Stanley had possession around the area but seemed to want to walk the ball into the net but then Todd took the game by the scruff of the neck and the goalkeeper could then do nothing about his superb solo effort.
Reds substitute keeper Kazimierczak then had to be at his best to deny 16-goal hitman Jamie Forrester with his legs from close range while Marriott kept out a Mullin volley at the other end.
However, it was the Imps who found the breakthrough again after the interval thanks to a howler by Stanley.
Nicky Eaden's ball over the top was not dealt with by Stanley midfielder Tony Grant and it fell nicely for ex-Scarborough midfielder Scott Kerr to chip it neatly over Kazmierczak.
The Imps were looking to move into the top two and they must have thought they had done enough with towering defender Nat Brown getting his head to a lot as he marshalled Mullin up front.
However, Coleman changed it around, putting on substitute Andy Mangan, and Stanley then upped a gear and dominated the final 20 minutes.
Right back Phil Edwards, who had an outstanding game, could have capped it with a 30-yard volley which he lashed goalwards with Marriott somehow getting his finger-tips to push it out. Todd then had a go but the keeper held on but he could do nothing when Mullin ran onto the ball in the area and fired low into the net for his 12th goal of the season.
"Paul showed ability and composure to finish well. He has had a barren spell but now has got two in two games and hopefully he will keep it going," said Coleman.
The home crowd then really got behind the Reds urging them on to a win. Whalley played a great ball into Mullin minutes later but the striker delayed too long and the defender got back to take the ball off his foot.
It was a frantic last 15 minutes and it would have broke Stanley's hearts if City sub Spencer Weir-Daley had snatched it at the end but he fired his close range shot, at the second attempt, into Kazimiercak's waiting arms.
"I hope we showed the fans that we care about it (relegation)," added Coleman. "I think a few might think we don't but we do.
"No one has had more sleepless nights than me and no one is working harder than me and Jimmy (Bell) and the players to put it right.
"Whatever the players have been asked - they will do it. We have a lot of big games left and if we show the same application and ability as Saturday, it will help us move away - but we can't take our foot off the gas."