Marvin Sordell knows the importance of Burton Albion breaking their duck for the season against Birmingham City - and he was pleased to do the same.
The January signing scored a stunning equaliser to open his account for the campaign and get the Brewers back on level terms after ex- Burton winger Jacques Maghoma got the Blues in front during Friday night's Pirelli Stadium clash.
Sordell's effort laid the foundations for Lloyd Dyer to continue his role as Albion's scourge of Birmingham , the 34-year-old slotting home a 66th-minute winner to make it three goals in as many games against the side with whom he spent a loan spell in 2015.
The result ensured Burton earned their first points of 2017/18 after consecutive defeats at the hands of Cardiff City, Hull City and Middlesbrough.
And despite it still being so early in the campaign, Sordell - who was named man of the match by broadcaster Sky Sports - says that Albion have now laid their foundations for the season ahead.
"It (waiting for the first point) can be something that is just over you, and it can be tough," said the Brewers forward.
"Especially when you know you are going to be up against it and it's going to be a fight all year long.
"So for us to start and to get some points on the board, this early as well, is a very positive thing.
"Obviously it's good to score a goal that helped towards three points.
"That is the main thing - we wanted to get off the mark tonight, and we did."
Sordell scored four times in 21 appearances last term for Albion after joining from Coventry City in January.
It took until his 10th outing for him to get off the mark then, a fine, curling equaliser against Blackburn Rovers.
It was a goal of similar quality on Friday that got him going for the new season - and now he wants to kick on.
"I turned and shot!" he said when talking through the goal.
"Sometimes they don't go in, sometimnes they do - and this one's gone in.
"Fortunately it's my first of the season and I can hopefully score many more.
"It's something that I try to practice as much as I can in training.
"So when an opportunity comes in a game, I can replicate what I've been working on all week.
"As a striker or an attacking player, you want to be scoring as many goals as possible.
"You always want to improve on the season before.
"I am no different to anyone else."