Micky Adams hailed Max Power as the best midfielder in League Two after his stunning strike dragged Tranmere out of the relegation zone.
The midfielder’s sixth goal in eight games, an unstoppable, rasping drive, earned Rovers a 1-0 win at Dagenham.
And with Carlisle losing, that lifted them outside the drop zone for the first time in two months.
“To get the three points was a magnificent effort from the boys,” said Adams.
“The first half was lacking any real quality at all from both sides.
“Although I was pleased with the performance, I felt we needed a little bit of quality in the final third.
“If we could have got that, we could go on and win the game, and so it proved.
“One decent move puts Max Power in and Max has hit a screamer really, but he’s capable of that.
“He’s a terrific professional. He’s a top player at this level.
“If he was a centre forward, he would be delighted with his contribution to goalscoring.
“As a midfield player, it’s outstanding.
“He’s got all the attributes that you want to help him achieve anything that he wants to in the game. He’s that good, in my opinion.
“I shouldn’t be shouting it from the rooftops. I’m sure there are people watching him.
“But he’s our player and I’m delighted he is, because he’s a special talent.
“I don’t think there’s anybody better than him in the league.”
The clean sheet was Tranmere’s first on the road for eight games, as well as their first league win away from Prenton Park since August.
And that too was something that thrilled the manager.
“You always have to be on the toes when you’re playing against Jamie Cureton and Patrick Agyemang,” he continued.
“They’re a real handful.
“But defensively we were solid today, the ‘keeper’s not had any saves to make, so that shows how good performance in front of him it was.
“It’s a real bonus to be outside the bottom two.
“It’s never easy when you’re at the bottom of the table. It drains people of confidence and people lose their jobs.
“To get out of that bottom two and put pressure on other people in that situation is a nice feeling.
“But it’s just three points at the end of the day. We’ve not achieved anything or done anything.
“The only thing we’ve done is put pressure on teams at the bottom end of the table.”