Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish hailed the efforts of Brad Jones after the Australian goalkeeper made a crucial penalty save in their 3-2 win at Blackburn on Wednesday morning.
Brazilian custodian Doni was sent off in the first half of the Premier League clash at Ewood Park, paving the way for Jones' Premier League debut for Liverpool.
And it was a memorable beginning for the 30-year-old, who saved former Middlesbrough team-mate Yakubu's penalty with his first touch of the game.
"I think he had a wee bit of an advantage because the two of them have been at Middlesbrough," Dalglish said of Jones' save.
"So maybe he (Jones) had a bit of a psychological advantage."
"That was a great save from a first contribution from the Premier League to save a penalty, I'm sure he'll remember that."
Jones later conceded a penalty that Yakubu converted, but it failed to take the gloss off his initial contribution in the match.
With Pepe Reina and Doni suspended for the Reds' FA Cup semi-final against Everton, Jones is now almost certain to start at Wembley on Saturday.
Dalglish believes the last-gasp victory over Steve Kean's side, sealed with Andy Carroll's injury-time winner, will give his Anfield outfit a much-needed boost heading into the tail end of the season.
"I think at the end of the day we deserved to win, we're delighted for the players, it's not been a better time for them recently," the Scot said.
"That doesn't mean we've turned any corners, but it'll give everyone a lift."
"We've not had the best of results recently so that was that bit more enjoyable when you win a game with 10 men and towards the end."
"It's fresh in the mind and they deserve a bit of enjoyment."
Dalglish's Blackburn counterpart Kean was left incensed by a perceived foul in the build-up to Carroll's winner.
Carroll snatched the win following a clash in the box between Grant Hanley and Martin Skrtel - one which Kean believes warranted a foul.
"I've looked at the referee's decisions and I can understand why he's not sent the sub goalie (Jones) off," Kean told reporters.
"I think when the ball's spun up and Yakubu eventually gets up and makes a touch, the referee thinks it's going to spill to a Liverpool player."
"So I can understand why he's given a yellow card because he doesn't think (Jones) is preventing a goalscoring opportunity."