IT doesn't matter how a goal goes in - just ask Paul Mullin.
The striker has suffered a lean spell in front of goal but a bobbly effort which rolled rather than rocketed into the net gave Stanley a precious three points over play-off contenders York and moved them up to third place in the league.
Usually prolific scorer Mullin has struggled in front of goal this season with his last celebration coming either on August 27 or September 23 - depending who you ask.
The 31-year-old hit the target against Exeter and then, against Woking in September, both Ian Craney and Mullin claimed the same one - with Craney given it on most of the records.
But Saturday's winner well and truly belonged to Mullin as he latched onto a Gary Roberts cross and sent the ball rather unconvincingly goalwards - and it squeezed past the bodies on the line and into the net.
"He did his best to miss it," joked Stanley boss John Coleman who has insisted, throughout his hitman's struggles with injury and goals, that he bought Mullin to lead the line and not be dependent on his goalscoring.
Mullin, meanwhile, was a relieved man after the Lancashire-Yorkshire clash.
"It was about time!" he said. "It was just what I needed, even if it was a scruffy one. But the one Ian Craney has been given was definitely mine, no question! I do usually have a better return than three goals in 15 games but it doesn't matter if the team is doing well."
Stanley desperately needed a win after what has been a Black October for the side with, before Saturday, one win in six games including that shock FA Cup exit to Worcester City.
And it was the best place to do it, in front of the biggest home crowd of the season and against opponents who fancy their own promotion chances.
Coleman had to jiggle with his backline with Robbie Williams, Peter Cavanagh, Andy Tretton and Danny Alcock all injured while veteran defender Mike Flynn has fallen out of favour.
They did, though, have keeper Darren Randolph back in goal after Republic of Ireland Under 19 duty and this game was his first back as he celebrated making it a third month on loan with the Reds.
There was a lively atmosphere as around 800 fans travelled from York but there was little to cheer about in the first 44 minutes for both sets of fans.
Referee Stephen Cummings was card happy and struggled to keep a grip on a game as tempers overspilled and both sides were puzzled as one assistant seemed to take an age to make an off-side decision.
And both these officials were involved in controversy immediately as, with just 48 seconds on the clock, Leam Richardson was judged to have handled a ball as Andy Bishop looked to break.
The Stanley fans felt the yellow card shown was harsh for an accidental touch which may have hit his shoulder while the York management were furious the left back wasn't shown a straight red for stopping a goalscoring opportunity.
But that seemed to set the tone for what was to follow in a niggly afternoon both on and off the pitch.
The first shot on target belonged to Stanley's Ian Craney on 15 minutes but that was easy for keeper Chris Porter.
Then the referee continued to take centre stage as Danny Ventre entered his notebook followed by York's Darren Dunning and then Craney for dissent - all in the first 38 minutes as the game was stop-start.
It needed something to spring it into life and that came courtesy of a Stanley flowing move one minute before the interval.
David Brown started it and found Mullin on the right wing. His cross was perfect for Steve Jagielka but Porter did well to push the midfielder's close range effort out although it fell nicely for Gary Roberts who made no mistake in front of the away fans.
It was the winger's third goal in three games and he celebrated - with the ref brandishing yet another yellow card in Roberts' direction for allegedly inciting the away crowd.
And it got more heated among the away fans when the Reds came out early at half-time and, after a ball was kicked close to the York supporters in the warm-up, they threatened to delay the game by invading the pitch.
The stewards kept a tight rein and order was soon restored off the pitch and it was then 'game on' on the pitch as Roberts made two good early weaving runs as Stanley got on top in the early stages.
But Randolph did have to punch out a Dunning free kick before York got the equaliser. Coleman has bemoaned his side conceding from free kicks and once again they were caught out when Mark Convery curled in one to the far post and Andy Bishop's looping header found the top of the net.
He ran to his fans to celebrate - and was yet another to be shown a yellow card as several York fans invaded the pitch.
However, the Yorkshire supporters were soon quietened down when Mullin made his mark. Just five minutes later, Craney broke, and set up Roberts who raced into the area. It looked a better option to shoot but he unselfishly squared the ball and, although it missed Brown, Mullin was there at the far post to somehow force the ball over the line.
It then set up an exciting finale - although Coleman didn't feel it as he wanted his men to ease his nerves with a third.
They came close with Craney being denied by Porter while, in the final minute, Bishop pounced on Anthony Barry's short backpass as York looked for the equaliser. The striker only had Randolph to beat but Michael Welch pulled off a superb last ditch tackle to keep him out.
With five minutes of injury time, Jagielka tried a clever cheeky chip which Porter had to tip over while he skied a simpler effort in the six yard box after sub Anthony Mangan had set him up.
"It was a good move for the first goal and Paul will be delighted with his goal. But it would have been nice to get a third late on to take the pressure off my nerves so I could relax and enjoy the last couple of minutes" added Coleman.