The returning Alex Mowatt believes Oxford United were so dominant against Fleetwood Town, only a moment of magic would prevent the hosts getting anything from the game.
But that is exactly what Conor McAleny delivered deep into injury time to silence a stunned Kassam Stadium.
The wonder strike made the trip back to Lancashire worth it for the 57 jubilant Cod Army fans, but even they would admit they were lucky to escape with all three points.
Mowatt, who had a point to prove after his farcical sending off against Portsmouth over the Easter weekend, went close early on in another frustrating game for United.
“We battered them and we should have won,” the Barnsley loanee said.
“It was an unbelievable finish [from McAleny] but it was the only way they could have got anything from the game. We defended well and we had enough chances to win.
“On another day we win that three or four nil.
“We created the chances which is a good thing. We just need to put them away.”
Just one more win, which would be Karl Robinson’s first in charge of the U’s, should be enough for Oxford to secure their League One status.
The 23-year-old added: “It’s frustrating. We should have got the win today but we’ll have to pick our heads up and get the three points on Saturday at home to Southend.”