David Nugent described his late goal for Leicester as "massive" after he struck with eight minutes left to give the Foxes a 1-0 win over Watford in the first leg of their npower Championship play-off semi-final.
Nugent had not scored for the Foxes since late January, but he ended his drought in timely fashion tonight.
The Foxes face a tough trip to Vicarage Road for the second leg on Sunday, but Nugent acknowledged the significance of heading south in front.
He told Sky Sports 1: "Massive - to take a lead into the second leg on Sunday.
"I took my chance in the end and hopefully that will be enough.
"It's going to be a tough game, but if we play like we did tonight I am sure we have every chance of getting to the final."
Watford midfielder Almen Abdi admitted the Hornets had had to pick themselves up after just missing out on automatic promotion with defeat to Leeds last Saturday.
He said: "We were mentally a little bit down after Saturday but it is another chance for us.
"We give 100 per cent to the end, 1-0, we can score any time we want.
"It was a tough game. This is an odd situation, it is half time, 1-0.
"We play on Sunday at home and we have everything in our hands.
"It wasn't our best performance but I hope we can do it on Sunday."