Boss Tony Mowbray was happy to call upon a fresh Elliott Bennett on Boxing Day, and it came at the perfect time for the Rovers manager.
The winger had missed the previous four games after picking up a red card in the home FA Cup clash against Crewe Alexandra, and won the penalty from which Charlie Mulgrew thumped home the second goal against Rochdale.
And Mowbray was thrilled to have fresh legs from the start against Keith Hill's side, after a run of constant football in a hectic period of the campaign.
“It doesn’t surprise me. It shouldn’t surprise anyone, to be honest," Tony said when asked about Bennett's impact.
"He’s got bags of energy; he’s obviously had a break and come back at full power with his batteries recharged.
“Chasing down the goalkeeper as he did and managing to catch him and win the penalty was great. I’m delighted for Elliott, it’s been a frustrating time for him and he’s a key player for us."
And the rotation was also handy for another member of the Rovers squad, too.
“It meant we could give Craig Conway a break too; he’s done exceptionally well for us over the last three of four games as well after injury," Tony concluded.