Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey dedicated his winning goal against Manchester United to all the people who helped him get back onto the pitch after an horrific broken leg - and vowed to make up for lost time next season.
The 20-year-old Wales captain spent nine months in rehabilitation after suffering a double leg fracture following a tackle by Stoke's Ryan Shawcross, and had loan spells with former club Cardiff and Nottingham Forest to help build up his match fitness.
The United game was only his second Barclays Premier League start of the season for Arsenal after captain Cesc Fabregas had been ruled out with a thigh injury, but the youngster, signed from Cardiff in a £5million deal in June 2008, produced a composed display which was capped when he slotted home the winner nine minutes into the second half.
Ramsey now hopes, with his nightmare firmly behind him, that next season will prove a breakthrough campaign.
"Scoring the goal was a special moment for me. This was worth the wait and so many people have helped me through the tough time I had," Ramsey told BBC Sport.
"Hopefully this will give them the same satisfaction as it does me.
"After these remaining games, hopefully I can come back and have a good pre-season, and then go again next year."
Despite beating United, Arsenal's Premier League title hopes had already been all but ended following too many costly draws in a 16-match unbeaten run which came to a shuddering halt at Bolton.
The Gunners - six points behind leaders United and three adrift of second-placed Chelsea, who travel to Old Trafford next weekend - now face a battle to hold onto third place and with it automatic Champions League qualification ahead of FA Cup finalists Manchester City.
Ramsey, though, insists Arsenal are fully focused on finishing the campaign in style.
"Our target was just to win the remaining games, so we have started on that," he said.
"Hopefully now we can continue this and let's see where that takes us."
Arsenal are confident both Fabregas (thigh) and midfielder Samir Nasri (hamstring), who was replaced at half-time, will be fit for Sunday's trip to Stoke.
Centre-back Johan Djourou will also be monitored after having to go off after 70 minutes against United when he fell awkwardly and looked to have jarred his knee.
Wenger believes Ramsey brings a welcome additional dimension to his midfield options.
"Ramsey has what you cannot give to a player - he knows when to get into the box and how to finish, that is part of Aaron," he told Arsenal TV Online.
While Arsenal are all but mathematically out of contention, Wenger maintains there is still "life in the title race", with United set to host Chelsea next weekend.
Wenger has challenged his young squad to sustain their performance against the Red Devils over the remaining three matches to fend off City's challenge for automatic Champions League qualification.
"When you listened to everybody before the game, we had no chance to take any points, but we won so let's keep believing in ourselves," the Arsenal manager said.
"Despite the disappointments, the group is healthy, ambitious and there is a lot of quality."Reuse content