Northampton Town midfielder Ben Tozer says the broken leg suffered by Alex Nicholls was "horrific" but believes the club's current injury crisis will help build team spirit.
Nicholls will miss the rest of the season and is one of six first-team players currently out.
Tozer told BBC Northampton: "The injury was horrific. But he put his body on the line for that goal.
"We'll use it as a positive motivation. It will bring everyone together."
Nicholls suffered the injury in Saturday's 2-0 win over Port Vale.
The 22-year-old added: "I'm in the last year of my contract and if I'd done that, and I'm out for the rest of the season, what happens after that?
"Luckily, he's got another year [on his contract] and he's our top goal scorer. We can't dwell on it. I'm sure the six will give us a boost when they're back."
Tozer has played in every Cobblers match this season and has made his long throw a regular feature of their attacking arsenal.
"I don't work on it at all," he said. "It's quite a bit of strain on my back but I think I've had four or five assists from it.
"You can see the fear in some teams when I'm shaping up to take it."