After scoring twice as Team Wellington stunned Auckland 4-2 to win the ASB Premiership, Tom Jackson is in no mood to lament the goal that got away, yet he rates the one that stayed out better than those he scored.
Jackson scored the first Team Wellington goal on Thursday night with a long-range slice curving away from a grasping goalkeeper into the corner, and the last with a header moments after he had twice rattled the woodwork.
It all added up to the night of his life. Hours later his national champion team-mates were still ruffling his hair, and giving him man hugs.
Team Wellington striker Tom Jackson's face sticks out as he is mobbed by his team-mates following his match-clinching goal in the ASB Premiership final.
Even usually taciturn coach Matt Calcott looked chuffed, while joking both goals were eyes-shut-shanks.
Jackson is looking forward to watching replays of Team Wellington beating Auckland, who had run up 28 games without loss.
When he sees the footage he'll know what he did after scoring his opening goal. He has no idea.
"I was celebrating, I didn't know what I was doing. I was happy. It's the biggest thing I've won career-wise."
In extra time Jackson put the icing on the cake as Team Wellington came from 1-2 down with two minutes to play, to win 4-2 in extra time.
Captain Cole Peverley equalised with a penalty in the 88th minute, then golden boot Ben Harris overcame bouts of cramps to make it 3-2.
"The second goal came from what would have been the best goal I had ever scored, when I hit the shot and it's hit the cross bar and the post, and they saved it out for a corner," Jackson said.
sually he would have been angry to have been denied so cruelly. This time he had to laugh in disbelief.
"I couldn't believe it. I thought, I want to score, I want to make that right. I just had a good feeling about it from the start - Pevs put in a good delivery, I just attacked the ball and it went in."
At 4-2, he never considered the job over.
"I never like to think too early. There was still a long way to go, and Auckland are a great team, but I knew if we kept playing the way we were playing, we were probably going to win."
And win they did.