Port Vale striker Sean Rigg has admitted it was difficult not to celebrate his goal in the 3-0 win against former club Bristol Rovers.
"They gave me my first pro contract and I was here for a good four years," the 23-year-old told BBC Radio Stoke.
"I enjoyed my time here and I wanted to show a little bit of respect.
"Obviously I was boiling up inside and it would have been nice to celebrate because I was happy that I'd scored, but I managed to keep myself calm."
Rigg began his career at the Memorial Stadium and played 75 games for the club - helping Rovers to promotion from League Two via the play-offs in 2007.
A lack of first-team opportunities saw him move to Port Vale, initially on loan, in November 2009.
His fifth goal of the season, a powerful effort from the edge of the penalty area five minutes from time, completed an impressive win for Micky Adams' side on Tuesday and proved to be the perfect response to the 4-0 home defeat by Morecambe on Saturday.
Vale, up to eighth in League Two and just two points away from an automatic promotion spot, go to fifth-placed Oxford on Saturday.
"We look at the three games we've lost at home and they're all teams above us," added Rigg, who is Vale's joint-top goalscorer this season alongside Gary Roberts, Doug Loft and Marc Richards.
"I think we can go to Oxford with a bit of confidence now and we'll look to get all three points."