IAN Craney’s Millmoor magic has finally lifted the gloom of Stanley’s long losing run - according to Paul Mullin.
The spectacular 25-yard effort lit up a tight game with promotion-chasing Rotherham, and gave the Reds a priceless, second successive 1-0 win.
And Mullin, who laid on the goal, says back-to-back victories have transformed the mood of the camp after they had begun to slip towards the foot of the division.
The newly invigorated Reds now cannot wait to get their teeth into familiar foes - when they entertain former Conference rivals Hereford United and Morecambe in the space of five days at the Fraser Eagle stadium.
Mullin said: "There’s always a team that starts plummeting through the league towards the end of the season. We were determined we weren’t going to be that side. Losing can become a habit, but thankfully we have managed to turn it round and get two good wins. Now we’ve got to keep it going.
"We have had some great performances and the place is a different place now. The training is lively, everyone is confident and looking forward to the upcoming games. Everyone is looking forward and a lot more positive. All along we’ve been confident we could turn it round. Unfortunately we’ve just not been consistent enough."
Sidelined Reds skipper Peter Cavanagh felt Craney’s strike - tipped as a strong goal of the season contender by manager John Coleman - looked even better repeated on Sunday morning TV than in the flesh.
Cavanagh enthused: "The replay actually did him a bit of an injustice because it didn’t show the build up. But I shouldn’t imagine many goals like that will be scored this season. I haven’t seen one better up to now."
Mullin, himself looking for a goal after a run of eight scoreless matches, said: "Ian’s got that in his locker. He backs himself in those positions and he’s got a lot of ability. I laid it into him and when it comes off it’s hard for midfielders to pick up Ian’s run. It was won by a world class goal in the end."
The 33-year-old striker netted the killer goal on Morecambe’s previous two visits in 2004/5 and 2005/6, but knows Sammy McIlroy’s men have come a long way since those non-league tussles.
He said: "They’ve done extremely well since coming up. It’s a good local derby and there’s always a better atmosphere with the evening games at home.
"I’ll take a goal anywhere, to be honest. You go through these spells, I’ve had a few chances but I’d be more worried if I wasn’t getting them. I’m happy with my game if I can keep getting in the right areas and working hard, and as long as we are getting the results."
Reds boss Coleman has pinpointed Graham Turner’s transfer dealings as a key to Hereford’s impressive return to league football.
He said: "They’ve done fantastically well. They’ve made some good signings in the summer and they’re looking for automatic promotion - so they’re going to be a handful."
Coleman is also looking forward to Wednesday night’s derby against the Shrimps describing the clash with his old club as a "special occasion".
He said: "It’s good for local pride. Possibly our fans are closer to them than any other fans. I’d just like us to win more home games and get the crowd on our side."