Craig Mahon was overwhelmed after a whirlwind 24 hours that saw him become a father to twins and score an FA Cup winner against Southend United.
Mahon spent Friday night at the hospital with his wife and newborn sons, Finlay and Sidney, before making the 220 mile trek down to Roots Hall the next morning.
He had a starring role as the Blues reached the second round for the first time since 2006 and on 51 minutes scored the goal that knocked out the League Two side.
Mahon's involvement in the game had been dependent on his wife's condition but afterwards the winger said she had told him to play once the twins had arrived.
Mahon said: "It's been an emotional weekend and it's been unbelievable and at the end when I was coming off the pitch I had a tear in my eye because it got to me what's happened.
"I've had twins, I've become a dad, I've scored in the FA and we've gone through and I couldn't put into words how I feel at the moment.
"I spoke to my Mrs on Friday and if something didn't go right then obviously I would have stayed in the hospital but everything went perfect and my Mrs said to me 'listen, you'll have the rest of your life with your babies but you don't get many chances to play in the FA Cup so go and enjoy it'. Obviously I'm glad she said that now because I've got a goal and we've got a win.
"I'm just looking forward to getting home and seeing them. I know they are only a day old but I miss them already but I'm just delighted for the fans, for the the club and everybody associated with us because we deserved this.
"We didn't come here and be lucky, we put our effort it and got our rewards and you could see what it meant to the fans at the end. It's fantastic to get that much support at Southend."
Mahon crowned his performance with a fine strike six minutes into the second half, taking a pass from Ben Heneghan, who had opened the scoring in the fifth minute, and cutting infield before firing a low left footed shot past keeper Daniel Bentley.
"Sometimes all you need is that little bit of luck and I got my head up and everybody seemed to be running away so I thought I'd run into the space and I've swung my left foot at it hoping and it's gone in," said the 25-year-old.
"It was a team effort and I can't knock anybody, the people that come on off the bench, the people that we're on the bench encouraging the lads, it was just fantastic and it was great to be a part of.
"It was unbelievable from the back to the front all the lads just gave everything they could and that's what teams do in the FA Cup, you put everything on the line and now we've got to make sure we do that in the league matches now.
"You can't ask for a better start than that to come away from home to a decent club and get an early goal because it puts them under a bit of pressure, gets the fans against them and gives us a little bit of confidence.
"They obviously got a goal back and then they came at us but we done really well, we worked as a team, we created chances and we got our rewards."
The draw for the second round takes place this evening at the National Football Museum and is being shown live on BBC Two from 7pm.
"I'd like a big team or a lower team, you don't want those middle teams," said Mahon.
"It doesn't matter who we get, it doesn't matter if we're home or away, we want to create history at this club and we want to go as far as we can and shock people and show people that we can compete with the best around."