Preston boss Phil Brown believes young forward Brandon Zibaka has a bright future in the game.
Zibaka became North End's youngest ever player at the age of 16 years and 161 days after making his debut in their Carling Cup win over Charlton.
"It wasn't a throw away substitution to bring him on during the match," Brown told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"He's earned the right by playing well with the kids and he's come through the ranks quickly."
Brown added: "It's only early days, but to be a 16-year-old making your debut for Preston North End has given me great pleasure."
Preston have lost only once this season, a 4-2 opening day defeat by Colchester.
And the former Hull manager hopes they are starting to breed a winning mentality.
"There's nothing better than coming into work when you've got a winning environment," said Brown. "Fingers crossed and touch wood we've got that.
"We had a horrible losing habit last year and I wondered why because we had such a good side. But winning becomes a habit and I just hope we can keep hold of it."
Preston, currently eighth in League One, travel to Brentford's Griffin Park on Saturday.