Chester FC forward Tom Peers credited his manager's tactical nous as the catalyst for Saturday's late turnaround at Macclesfield Town.
The Blues trailed 1-0 for most of the second-half but Steve Burr's decision to throw on Peers, George Thomson and Kane Richards turned the game.
The trio provided greater support to Craig Hobson and their enthusiasm forced the Silkmen onto the back foot in the closing stages.
Chester drew level in the 90th minute when Peers stabbed home John Rooney's free-kick and Hobson crowned an unlikely comeback with a fine strike in the fourth minute of stoppage time.
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Peers said: "Macclesfield piled on the pressure after they got the first goal and we sat back a bit, but then the gaffer made some substitutions and I thought that changed the game.
"Kane came on and he was bright and Hobby was class all game and got hold of the ball, and once we got that first goal I knew the second one was going to come.
"It had been coming all game and George Thomson should have scored when it was cleared off the line but it was good to get the win and the fans were brilliant again so three points is what counts."
Academy graduate Peers showed promise in a wider role during pre-season and came on in that position at Moss Rose, replacing Craig Mahon with 12 minutes remaining.
Burr has challenged the 19-year-old to keep improving and prove he can handle regular National League football, and Peers is hoping for further opportunities to impress his manager.
Peers said: "When he told me to come on he said 'just be bright and try to get yourself in the box' and that's what I did. I should have got myself in the box for before that but another chance came round and I took it.
"It was great ball by Rooney and I just put my toe out and got on the end of it. I knew we had to go for the second one so it was a quick celebration and then that was it, we got the second goal.
"I thought we were bright and we'll go again on Monday against Guiseley and try to get another win.
"We've been bright all through pre-season and at the start of the season. The loss at Woking didn't really help us but I knew we'd bounce back and we'd been unbeaten in nine before that.
"The squad's tight, everyone gets on well with each other and there's no cliques so hopefully we can do well this season.
"There's going to be defeats through the season and we're not going to win every game but the way we came back and got three points shows we've got character in the team."