Max Power apologised for his embarrassing penalty miss after Tranmere spared his blushes at Exeter.
The midfielder’s chipped spot kick, just after Rovers had taken a 2-1 lead, was comfortably caught by ‘keeper Christy Pym
But thankfully, the visitors clung on to pick up a vital three points, although City hit the bar and had one effort cleared off the line late on.
And a red-faced Power said: “It could have cost the team, but luckily we won the game.
“I’ll learn from it.
“I’ve never been so scared in a game of football after it, hoping that we would still win.
“There would have been a queue of people waiting to strangle me in the changing room if we hadn’t picked up three points at the end.”
Tranmere earned the win after Jennison Myrie-Williams and Rory Donnelly scored either side of half time.
It means they have only lost three times in fourteen league games since manager Micky Adams took charge in October.
He has been helped by the arrival of five new players this January, as well as signing loanees Josh Thompson and Steven Jennings permanently.
And with a two-point gap having opened up between themselves and the relegation zone, Adams has now firmly set his sights on a top half finish.
“We’ve got to keep it going,” he said.
“We’re not the finished article by any means.
“We’ve got a good solid base of players now.
“I think we’ve done some decent transfer business as well, and that’s all thanks to the chairman and the board for backing me with that.
“And certainly we’re looking up the table rather than behind us now.”
This was only Tranmere’s third win on the road in the league all season.
But they looked every inch the promotion chasing team, as opposed to Exeter who now lie three points off the top seven.
Adams has encouraged his squad to embrace a new mentality since taking charge, and he’s urging them to carry that forward throughout the season.
“I’ve tried to instill into the players that I want positive frames of mind,” he continued.
“I don’t want negatives. I didn’t want to come here and let them think that a draw would be a good result for us.
“I wanted to come here and be positive and win the game and that’s been my philosophy since I’ve been at the club.
“Let’s try and win games of football.”