Preston manager Graham Westley believes the return of winger Lee Holmes has given his side an extra dimension in the last two matches.
Holmes, 25, was out for two months recovering from a gashed leg, an injury suffered when he collided with an advertising hoarding.
He has appeared as a substitute in the home games against Yeovil and Carlisle.
"It's a big bonus that we've got him through those couple of games and held him together," said Westley.
"It was a bit of a risk and I didn't particularly want to take it, but I couldn't see any other route forward in the game [against Carlisle]," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"We weren't showing too much thrust in the wide areas. We need someone who was going to take more aggressive positions and beg more questions by popping up into little pockets.
"Lee has got that naturally in his game and I thought he gave us a different dimension."
Another substitute, Graham Cummins, with a goal in stoppage time, only the fourth time the had scored since joining Preston in January.
"He's done very well when he's played in the reserves," added the Preston boss.
"He's worked hard on the training ground and the fruits of his labours are there for all to see. It was a terrific header that he scored the other night."