Norwich manager Chris Hughton hailed the impact of Kei Kamara after the Sierra Leone forward's first goal in English football helped spark a late comeback against Everton.
Kamara, on loan from MLS side Kansas City, came on as a substitute and headed Norwich level after 84 minutes before captain Grant Holt scored a stoppage-time winner as Norwich triumphed 2-1.
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His introduction just before the hour breathed new life into the Canaries, who had been trailing to a first-half goal from Leon Osman, and Hughton said: "Kei is a different type of player to those we have up front, and we are delighted for him.
"He had been here to England before [on trial at Stoke], but these things are all about timings, and it was right for us. He is good in the air, and he gives us good possibilities.
"It is always a bit of a risk because you are bringing players over who you don't know how they will settle into the league, but he is a lad who wants to do really well and it is a good opportunity for him.''
Norwich's hard-fought victory gives them more breathing space over the battle for survival, having won in the Premier League for the first time since December.
"Once you are 1-0 down and you get back to 1-1, you have to be honest and say you settle for that," Hughton said.
"But the lads wanted something different and showed great drive and determination to get the winner. We are past the 30-point mark now, so for us and the team, that is a big confidence booster.''
Defeat was somewhat harsh on Everton, who had been the better side for long spells.
Everton manager David Moyes said: "We had controlled the game, but were wasteful in the second half when we had chances to get another goal and we were always going to be put under pressure at the end.
"I cannot understand why the referee plays three minutes and 20 seconds for the stoppage time but he has got that discretion - although I disagree with it.
"We passed it well enough and tried to do the right things, but we were not good enough in the final third - but one thing is for sure, we did not deserve to lose.''