Towering defender Rob Dickie scored his first goal in yellow as Oxford United beat play-off chasing Peterborough United 2-1 at a freezing cold Kassam Stadium on Saturday.
The January signing poked home in aptly wintery conditions as a frozen Posh defence failed to clear a corner on six minutes.
A powerful second half strike from James Henry doubled the advantage before League One’s top scorer Jack Marriott immediately halved the deficit.
But Oxford produced their best performance for weeks and held on to send the shivering U’s fans home happy – and a little bit warmer – with a first win in seven games.
Crucially, the win increased their cushion over the relegation zone to six points – and that was the main thing for Dickie.
The former Reading man said: “I take goals however they come but I’m just pleased we got the three points. I’m over the moon.
“I was in the right place at the right time – sometimes you get lucky like that. Thankfully today I was the lucky one.”
The 22-year-old added: “It was always going to be tricky with a lot of second balls and the swirling wind but we handled it really well.
“It’s no secret that we’re not the most physical side in the world but we’ve got a lot of fight and hunger.”
The first half lacked quality, although Oxford, cutting through Boro’s defence with ease, were the better side throughout. The visitors meanwhile were direct and wasteful.
The game exploded into life in the second half with two goals in three minutes.
A Henry thunder bolt ripped through Jonathan Bond in the Posh goal for a much-needed two-goal cushion on 59 minutes. The visiting custodian should have done better.
But Posh are full of goals and, two minutes later, Marcus Maddison found Marriott to prod home his 23rd league goal of the season following a short corner.
Posh fizzled out tamely however and skipper Jack Baldwin, who was sent off the same fixture last year, received his marching orders again late on.
The win lifted United, who travel to Portsmouth next Sunday, up to 15th in the table.