Boss Tony Mowbray was left thrilled with what he saw from the returning Darragh Lenihan at Portsmouth on Tuesday night.
Entering the action with just 10 minutes played in the second half, Darragh looked like he'd never been away, despite missing the last six months of first team football with a foot injury.
And Mowbray felt the centre back was "magnificent" on the night at a chilly Fratton Park.
“They threw their 6’5” centre forward on and were hitting a lot of long balls, but I thought Lenihan was magnificent in those moments," the boss said to iFollow Rovers.
“The power and the timing of his heading, if anything we’ve missed that at times and we’ve lost a few goals."
Rovers have normally looked a classy outfit, playing the ball out from the back for the majority of this season.
But, after Lewis Travis was sent off at the death, Mowbray's men had to cling on to what they had for the seven minutes of added time, in front of a crowd of over 18,000 who were attempting to suck the ball into David Raya's net late on.
And the manager was pleased with the back to basics defending from his team to ensure the three points returned to East Lancashire.
“To just head the ball out of the box or just head a goal kick back over the halfway line is really important in football. It might seem a small thing – just to head the ball back where it cane from – but it’s really important and Darragh does that very well for us.”