Paul Ince might be no spring chicken but he's certainly found a way of making his manager Glenn Hoddle a happy bunny.
Wolverhampton Wanderers' slim play-off hopes were kept alive by only their second league win in seven games in freezing East Lancashire last night. And, just as against Luton Town last month, it was the ageless Ince who proved the match-winner, to settle a poor game on a poor pitch.
It was the power of the 38-year-old's shooting, coupled with the sloppiness of former West Bromwich Albion keeper Brian Jensen's handling, that earned Wolves a badly needed three points.
And, at a time when even their own chairman Rick Hayward was starting to doubt them, this victory has lifted Wolves to eighth, back to within seven points of the lottery grid.
"It was a vital win," said Hoddle. "And it was a great goal from Paul Ince. But now we're going to have build on it in a way we haven't done before."
If Wolves are to finally go on that winning run they need and get back into serious contention, Hoddle is going to have find a way of coaxing some goals from his expensively assembled forward line.
Despite a three-man strikeforce of £2 million Carl Cort, £1.4 million Tomasz Frankowski, £3 million Kenny Miller, backed by Arsenal loan signing Jeremie Aliadere in reserve, Hoddle's four musketeers could not manage a shot on target.
No wonder Hayward had broken a season-long media silence before the game to announce, from somewhere in the Bahamas, that he was "at his wit's end".
To make Ince's contribution even more impressive, he managed to mask a ham-string strain that he picked up in scoring his goal. But he is now a doubt for Saturday's home game with Ipswich Town, as are Lee Naylor and Rob Edwards. And that was after the shock of losing Saturday's goalscorer Mark Kennedy even before kick-off.
Kennedy, already doubtful with a hamstring injury, had been picked to play at left back in place of Naylor. But he aggravated the injury in the warm-up, granting Naylor a reprieve.
It looked as if the late reshuffle might hamper Wolves when Burnley started well, Albion old boy James O'Connor forcing Stefan Postma into a full-stretch save. And there was a half decent penalty shout from the home fans for Joleon Lescott's challenge on Gifton Noel-Williams.
But Wolves warmed to their task. And, after Frankowski had tested Jensen with a deft back header, it was old warhorse Ince who again led by example.
Cort's nod down left him in yards of space just outside the box and the former England captain deployed his experience to take full advantage.
Using all the time at his disposal to concentrate on keeping his shot down, he let fly with a powerful effort straight at Jensen which the keeper could not hold, the ball skimming in off his bulky frame.
For all the ferocity of Ince's shot, it still had to go down as a goalkeeping error. But Jensen's handling proved a lot more capable when he then beat away Naylor's powerful effort before proving equally alert when Frankowski set up Cort.
Wolves were forced to spend long periods of the second half on the back foot. But, for all their possession, and the physical presence of Noel-Williams and Walsall old boy Michael Ricketts up front, the Clarets are clearly lacking cutting edge since the departure of their top scorer, Wolves old boy Ade Akinbiyi.
There was another penalty appeal for a possible handball by Cort, while Micah Hyde forced a good save from Post-ma. But it was Wolves who went closest to scoring.
Naylor's dangerous cross went all the way through, while Frankowski fired disappointingly wide after young Mark Davies's excellent dummy had opened up Cort's cross.