IT WAS fitting when it was star striker Paul Mullin who scored the goal to send Accrington Stanley into the Football League.
And it just seemed appropriate that it was unsung hero Andy Procter who celebrated the goal to keep them in there on Saturday.
Blackburn-born Procter has worked tirelessly in midfield during his five years at the club and any manager knows they always get 100 per cent out of him.
Last season was agony for the 23-year-old as the Reds won the Nationwide Conference while he spent most of the season on the sidelines following a bad knee injury.
But he has more than played his part in the League Two campaign and when he curled his foot around the ball on the left wing, it was always flying into the back of the net for what proved the all-important winner to keep Stanley safe - and leave Macclesfield hanging on until tomorrow (Sat) to know their fate.
"I have been having a laugh with Jonathan Smith as he says, now I have scored an important goal, I might actually get a mention in one of those Accrington Stanley books," joked Procter.
"Usually Smithy gets about four pages and I get two lines so, now I have got the goal that kept us up, I might get a bit more of a mention!"
He admitted he was delighted with his two goal tally in the relegation battle - scoring with a header on the stroke of half-time and then his "worldy" just after the break on Saturday.
"The last time I scored two in a game for Accrington was against Marine and, it was that long ago, I can't even remember which league it was in!" continued the midfielder.
"But I should have had more than the three goals I have had this season. I have missed a couple of sitters, had one disallowed and one hand balled off the line - I could have had 20!
"But the last one was definitely my best one ever. I have got to admit, I have been on the fans forum where they have the television clips of the goals and I have downloaded it.
"It actually didn't look as good as I thought it was on the television! But it was my best and my most important goal.
"Coley said it was better than Welchy's earlier on in the season but I am not going to mention that to Welchy!"
The midfield battler also admitted he needs to work on his celebration.
"It am not used to scoring so I didn't really know what to do," said Procter who will train part-time to be a physio at Salford University for the next four years.
"I ran towards the bench as all my mates were sat just behind the dug-outs.
"For some of them, it was their first time at the ground and I have told them not to expect two goals every week - it is not a regular occurence!
"Even Paul Mullin said to me 'Where did that one come from?' after my second goal.
"But, after everything that happened last season, scoring that goal made it worthwhile. It was hard being injured, just sitting there wondering what would happen and I am just pleased it has been a good season.
"It was a big year and it has been unbelievable to play in the Football League and scoring the goal that kept us there capped it off nicely."
Many of the Stanley fans were struggling to smile in the build-up to what was billed the biggest game in their history as the scrap to avoid dropping into non-league football took its toll.
A win would keep the Reds up while victory for Macclesfield would almost guarantee them League Two survival next season.
It promised to be a nervy game with the press box full and cameras all around the ground.
And it couldn't have been a better start for the home side when, after Sean Doherty had a shot finger-tipped onto the crossbar by Tommy Lee, the winger fired in a corner which Robbie Williams powerfully headed into the back of the net.
Stanley threatened to run riot as they carved open the Macc defence in the early stages and Jay Harris was unlucky with a 25-yard volley which was just wide.
But, in their first real attack, Town striker John Miles took the ball down well from Matty McNeil's flick on and rifled it low into the net to equalise.
And it went from bad to worse as goal hero Williams hobbled off for Stanley with defender Michael Welch having the chance to shine against his former club on the half hour.
But, two minutes later, Macc stunned the Reds faithful again by going ahead in a rollercoaster game which reflected the season as a whole.
Miles played a neat one-two with McNeil and the striker again finished well, with a low hard shot into the far corner of the net.
The Reds looked rattled and boss John Coleman made a second early substitution hoping the pace of winger Shaun Whalley could make a difference.
And, within two minutes of his introduction, he curled in a corner to the far post and, with the last touch of the half, Procter jumped the highest to head home and make it 2-2.
"That was the crucial goal," said boss Coleman. "They had battered us for 20 minutes, got the goals and it was harsh on them to go in level at the break."
It is amazing how games can change in minutes.
With Stanley 2-1 down, the news filtered through from the other big relegation battle that already relegated Torquay were reduced to ten men against Boston and it seemed all doom and gloom.
Three playing minutes later, the Gulls had taken the lead and Stanley were winning - and the crucial goal came from nothing.
Whalley and Procter exchanged passes on the wing and then the midfielder unleashed his shot of the season with keeper Lee unable to do anything about it.
"That was worthy of winning any game - even Serie A," said Coleman. "It is a dream goal and I am sure he will look back and enjoy that.
"I would say Andy Procter has been our best player in the last eight or nine weeks, he has really matured and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves. And he has hit a worldy.
"I am so pleased for him and so proud of my players all season. I know we have hit a couple of lows - we lost players, had injuries and had back luck with decisions - but through all that, the team spirit and attitude had remained first class."
There were a few nervy moments in the second half as Macc boss Paul Ince used all his substitutes and looked for what would have been a crucial equaliser - especially after Boston levelled - but once the final whistle went, the Reds could finally celebrate.
"It was nice to feel the relief. Last year, I felt joy and I don't know which is the better - probably relief!" added Coleman.
"It's uncanny as I had a dream earlier in the week that we would win this game 4-2 with Procky and Rocky scoring. That's an unlikely combination and for it to nearly come true is frightening."
Coleman will be hoping for more sweet dreams next season.