STEVE Morison set down a marker for future performances with his impressive work rate against Nottingham Forest, according to manager Steve Lomas.
Morison, who had not previously started in the league since August, scored a phenomenal half-volley to put the Lions' 1-0 in front at The Den.
But Lomas was equally pleased with the striker's closing down, which frequently forced the visitors' defence into a mistake.
"On Tuesday I asked Stevie to not only be our best attacker but our best defender as well in terms of setting the intensity and leading the line," Lomas said.
"We tend to forget that Stevie had a double hernia operation but he is an honest lad and knows that it hasn't quite happened for him yet. There have been reasons for that.
"We need that kind of performance from him week in, week out and hopefully now he feels his body can do that.
"He finally showed – not just to me and the fans, but to himself as well – what he is capable of. Hopefully now he's going to play a massive part in us doing well this season."
Lomas also praised the impact of winger Lee Martin in the 2-2 draw with Forest. The 26-year-old was benched in October but produced a lively display on his return to the side.
"Lee is another one who had been doing very well in training before getting injured – there is a long list of them," Lomas said.
"He had to sit out a few weeks just when he was the threshold of forcing his way into the team but he gave us good energy on Tuesday."
Lomas added that Martin's inclusion was by no means a slight on Liam Feeney, who was dropped from the XI.
"Liam was probably our best outfield player against Leicester so could consider himself very unfortunate to be on the bench," Lomas said.
"We've got two players there who can cause problems out wide and it's great to have those two fit and firing and using their pace to get at people.
"Liam put a massive amount into Saturday and playing on the wing is the most demanding position in terms of the work you have to put in. There's a lot of intensive running."