Michael Smith said new boss Leam Richardson helped to spur him on to his first senior hat-trick.
The 20-year-old came in from Charlton last week, played in the goalless draw at Aldershot before John Coleman then left and Richardson took over.
It’s been big changes already in his short Crown Ground career.
"Obviously I signed for John Coleman but Leam asked me if I wanted to stay and I said definitely," said Smith.
"After John Coleman left on Monday, the lads have got their heads down and it’s been a great week’s training and an unbelievable start.
"Leam pulled me before the Gillingham game and he told me to go and play my game and try and notch a few – and I did.
"It’s a massive three points as we knew it would take us into the play-offs.
"We said before the game that it was our cup final and we needed to win and we did that. Now we have to kick on.
"I am just over the moon for Leam, Phil (Hackney) and Bryan (Hughes) – everyone has been really good."
Smith is certainly enthusiastic about his spell at Stanley and said, despite the upheavals, he has settled in, he feels part of the team and he showed the shooting prowess which caused the Addicks to snap him up from Darlington.
His first goal, within 45 seconds of kick-off, did have a touch of luck with him and a defender sliding in to Padraig Amond’s cross – and while all of his team-mates said ‘own goal’ he wasn’t having it.
"It was a perfect start for us and I am a striker so I am definitely claiming it.
"The second one, I got a touch and slid it into the bottom corner and the third was a great ball in by Peter Murphy and I slotted it home in the six-yard box – I couldn’t miss really.
" I really enjoyed it, the first half especially.¿We could have scored more but we didn’t get going as much after the break.
"Still though, it was a great win for the lads, it was a great team performance and there is a great spirit here.
"We showed character in the second half, the lads were willing to put their heads on everything just to get the win and that showed you everything about the team.
"Everyone is together in the changing rooms and it’s a good atmosphere."
He made sure he had a signed match ball in his bag after the game. "It’s my first ever league hat-trick," he said. "Someone tried to give me the ball straight away but I was a bit iffy about it because of the first goal but then I just claimed it, you have to."
And he didn’t dare look at his phone until he got home as he knew he would be inundated, adding: "I will check my texts when I get home and hopefully speak to the Charlton boss, Chris Powell later."