Yeovil acting manager Terry Skiverton has revealed he could not watch Adam Morgan take the penalty which secured his side a point against Gillingham.
Forward Morgan, 20, had been exiled from the squad for 11 months under former boss Gary Johnson.
But he was recalled by Skiverton on Saturday and in injury time stepped up to score his first senior goal to earn the struggling Glovers a 2-2 draw.
"He was a brave lad for stepping up at that moment," said Skiverton.
"I actually walked down the tunnel, I couldn't watch it. And when Adam picked the ball up I walked even further. I thought 'I'm not turning back'.
"But the lad's got self-confidence. Morgan picking the ball up was a good decision."
Morgan first came to Yeovil on loan from Liverpool in November 2013, in a deal that was made permanent two months later.
But he only made three starts for the Glovers and was sent out on loan to St Johnstone in August.
However, after Skiverton replaced Johnson earlier this month, he gave Morgan a chance to return to the squad, and he was able to make an impact from the bench on Saturday.
"We brought Adam out from the cold," Skiverton told BBC Somerset. "He's been training really well for the last few weeks and he's had his head down. The script was written for him."
The draw kept Yeovil bottom of League One, five points from safety, after wins for Leyton Orient, Crawley and Colchester.
But for Morgan, he was relieved to make his return and dedicated his goal to team-mate Kevin Dawson.
"The lads have stuck by me," he said. "Especially Kevin and his girlfriend. I've been living with them and they've kept me on the straight and narrow.
"What I would have done without them this year, I don't know. That goal was for those two."