Vadaine Oliver insisted his FA Cup heroics was the least David Holdsworth deserved for sparing him from football's scrapheap in the summer.
The striker said he was forever indebted to the Lincoln manager for "saving his career" after he left Sheffield Wednesday last season.
Oliver repaid Holdsworth's faith again on Tuesday night when his late goals sealed a memorable 3-2 triumph over League One Walsall in the FA Cup.
But the 20-year-old, who travels in with the Lincoln manager every day, said his performance was only a fraction of what he owes him.
"He drives me to work, he does everything for me but more importantly he has given me my career back," he said.
"After I left Sheffield Wednesday where I was injured for a year-and-a-half, it didn't look too good for me.
"My head was swimming. I didn't know what I was going to do and I was toying with the idea of going back to university.
"I don't know what I would have studied, but the gaffer then came along and decided to give me a lifeline.
"I owe him everything. I was down and out for so long and to have the chance to make a go of it again – I cannot pay him back enough."
Oliver's goals against the Saddlers means he has now scored three times in the last two games after coming on as substitute.
Laughing off the tag of super sub, the powerful forward was just happy to stretch a fine run of form with City unbeaten in their last nine games.
Lincoln face Hereford this weekend looking to make it 10 matches unbeaten and Oliver is determined to keep City soaring towards the top half of the table.
"We've a massive game against Hereford this weekend," he said.
"We want to keep the run going for as long as possible.
"The spirit among the boys is absolutely incredible. I have never felt anything like it.
"We never give in. We always believe we can win a game no matter what odds are stacked against us.
"We showed that against Walsall. They equalised late on and people might have thought that was it for us. But we dug in and came back stronger.
"Nobody will want to face us when we are in this kind of form and the boys are buzzing.
"There is no limit to what we can achieve because we can do a lot better than what most had expected in the summer.
"We have a class squad and we intend to show that against Hereford at the weekend."