ROBBIE Williams' last gasp goal on Saturday could prove to be one of the crucial moments of Accrington Stanley's first League Two season.
The utility man was the unlikely goal hero, clipping the ball home in the final minute to grab a point for the Reds.
It was desperately needed as, if the 26-year-old hadn't been there, Stanley would have been consigned to their sixth successive League defeat and would have been too close to comfort to the bottom two.
But the point came as a huge relief as it was Stanley's first since October 14 and finally gave the crowd, players and management something to smile about after a torrid time.
"It has stopped the rot in terms of defeats," admitted manager John Coleman.
But he must have feared the worst when Shrews top scorer Michael Symes came off the bench to crack a wonder volley into the net six minutes from time.
But step forward 'Rocky' Williams who Coleman has hailed as one of his unsung heroes this season.
The club's longest serving player is one of three - with Ian Dunbavin and Paul Mullin - who has started in every game in the League Two campaign.
And he has been called on to be Mr Versatile - playing in a variety of positions as he has been moved from centre half to right back and into midfield, from where he netted Saturday's winner.
"I'd still be celebrating if I could," said Williams after the game as he looked as stunned as anyone when the ball found the back of the net for his first ever league goal.
And Coleman admitted he was proud of his side's battling qualities after they came from behind three times to halt that horrendous run of losses.
"I cannot fault this set of lads for their effort," said the Reds chief. "That is unquestionable. We need a little bit more quality but they have ran themselves into the ground and it is fitting they got a point - they deserved it.
"A lot of our flair has gone with Gary Roberts, Ian Craney and Rommy Boco, but we have still got skilful players here who are capable of opening teams up.
"We have got to stop coneding silly goals - the first two could easily have been elimated - but we can take heart as we have got a point by working hard and we have got to build on this."
Coleman must have gone through a roller-coaster of emotions in a game which kept swinging promotion-chasing Shrewsbury's way - but Town boss Gary Peters was bemoaning the fact his side just couldn't see off the resilient Reds.
"It is a disgrace," slammed Peters. "We went ahead three times and we have thrown it away.
"We let them back into it and I am disgusted with my players.
"Their final equaliser was a joke - it is a ridiculous situation and it is defenders not dealing with things properly."
But Peters must have thought all the luck was on his side in the opening 15 stages.
With just three minutes on the clock, pint-sized striker Derek Asamoah had raced into the area, chased by Leam Richardson and then clashed with Paul Mullin. Asamoah landed on the floor - rather dramatically - and referee Eddie Idleston, who was only a couple of metres away, immediately pointed to the spot.
Stanley have given away at least six penalties this season and Asamoah made sure he fired his side into the lead.
Andy Procter and Andy Todd were then both refused spot kick appeals of their own before Mullin made amends by winning Stanley's first equaliser.
After a neat back heel from Andy Mangan, the striker was tripped by one-time Stanley target Stuart Drummond and this time the Tyne and Wear official had no hesitation.
Andy Todd was the man given the job of official penalty taker following Gary Roberts' departure to Ipswich and the winger was always assured as he levelled the scores.
The next 20 minutes were played out in midfield before a goalkeeper gaff gifted the Shrews the lead again.
Welch had just pulled off a great tackle to stop Asamoah racing down the middle and everyone was waiting for Ian Dunbavin's goalkick to get the Reds going again.
Instead the former Shrews stopper hit the ball too low and too short and it was a complete gift for tall striker Leo Fortune-West who raced forward, took the ball around the keeper and finished well despite a last ditch tackle by Phil Edwards.
"Bavs is sick about it," said Coleman. "You can't legislate for your goalkeeper shanking the ball to their forward. It shouldn't happen and Bavs knows it shouldn't happen."
The Reds boss was disappointed and must have given his side a half-time roasting as they desperately needed something out of the game.
And they did immediately step up with Cardiff loan player Joe Jacobson the main architect. The 20-year-old, used prior to Saturday as a defender, stepped onto the left wing and he had a cross-cum-shot tipped over by Shearer and a 30-yard effort deflected wide.
But his 54th minute free kick was accurate landing neatly on the head of the jumping Edwards who celebrated his first Stanley goal.
"That was pleasing as it was a move we had worked on in training all week," said Coleman. "It was a great delivery and it was an excellent home debut by Joe."
Town were aggrieved and Peters went on the hunt for the winner, putting on seven-goal scorer Symes who had surprisingly been left on the bench.
And his first action was to test Dunbavin with a superb strike which the keeper kept out and then Richardson blocked Dave Edwards follow-up.
It was Stanley's turn to then make use of their attacking options, putting on Leighton McGivern for the final 10 minutes and he could have turned the game, tricking his way into the area and forcing a good save out of Shearer with seven minutes to spare. But, from the resulting Reds corner, Shrewsbury broke and Asamoah got passed Danny Ventre on the left wing and set up Symes who volleyed home giving Dunbavin no chance.
It looked set up to be the winner but the Stanley fans continued singing and the players responded with a grandstand finish.
Welch's ball forward was a danger with Mullin being toppled and everyone was waiting for the ref to blow for a foul. Instead Idleston played on and Williams took the ball down well and had the skill to rescue a much-needed point for the Reds.
A surprise hero but his goal could hopefully be the catalyst Stanley need to get them back on track.