Brighton boss Micky Adams picked out defender Adam Hinshelwood for special praise after the Seagulls' Johnstone's Paint Trophy success at Shrewsbury Town.
The 24-year-old came on as an early substitute for the injured Colin Hawkins and helped Albion keep a clean sheet before Adams' side won a dramatic penalty shoot-out.
Adams said of Hinshelwood, who has played virtually no first-team football for two years and has undergone a series of knee operations: "If I want to pay tribute to any player it's Adam.
"The boy's been out for two years. We recalled him from Lewes and stuck him on the bench to give him a boost.
"What a performance when he came on, I thought he was absolutely magnificent. That's testimony to him, what the medical people have achieved with him but also to himself.
"I think it would have been easy for the boy to have given up any hopes of ever playing professional football again, but he's shown the spirit of Brighton tonight."