George Baldock joked about working on his tan after his 93rd minute winner sparked wild celebrations against Swindon Town on Saturday.
With the game heading towards a draw, after Michael Smith put Swindon ahead and Antony Kay equalised for Dons, Baldock’s screamer late in the day saw him whip his shirt off in the spring sunshine.
“I don’t remember it at all,” he said. “The defender showed me down the line and cross it. But it was just pure instinct and I thought I’d have a go.
“I thought I’d just get my top off, the sun was out I’d work on my tan!
“You dream as a kid of scoring 90th minute winners at whatever level. It’s such as important goal too. The gaffer said it was like a cup final to us, so to win it means so much more for us.
“I didn’t have the best of games as I had in recent weeks, but I don’t care when I score goals like that.
“It means so much to the team, a 93rd winner and keeping us in the play-offs.”
Dons went behind after a David Martin error gifted Michael Smith a free header to put Swindon ahead after 20 minutes, but Baldock felt it came against the run of play.
And though it’s Martin’s second mistake leading to a goal in three weeks, after his mis-kick allowed Bradford to win 1-0 at Valley Parade, Baldock has full faith in his goalkeeper.
He said: “Dave will hold his hands up. But I think he’s been our best player this year, and he’s probably the best goalkeeper in the league - I haven’t seen any better.
“He’s a strong character. I look up to him and he’ll bounce back and be as reliable as ever.”
Baldock’s winner means Dons climb to seventh in League 1, and with games against Notts County and Peterborough coming up this week, he hasn’t written off Dons’ chances of sneaking into the top six come the end of the season.
He said: “We aren’t getting ahead of ourselves. We’ve got to start putting back-to-back wins together. We’re fortunate to still be in the mix in some respects.
“To still be in it is great. We can still see it happening, as long as the fans do too we’ll see what happens.”
And if they do make it up, Baldock backs Dons to stay there.
“We’ve got the infrastructure there,” he said. “I’m sure there’d be more investment if we went up. We’d have more fans, more revenue.
“I think we’re destined for bigger things than League 1, but the hard part is getting there. Once we’re there, I don’t think we’ll be a yo-yo team, I think we’ll stay there.”