Wasps' match-winner Andy Goode said he was shocked boss Dai Young didn't substitute him at half-time after his "stinker" of a performance on Sunday.
Goode had a poor game at Adams Park in the 19-16 win over Exeter but a late drop-goal from the veteran ten justified Youngs' decision to stick.
And the 33-year-old pivot was quick to thank his director of rugby after a result that leaves Wasps in sixth position going into the European break.
"Dai gives players a lot of confidence, he backs them, he's as honest as the day is long," he said.
"I was surprised as well (to stay on). If he tells you you're having a stinker you're having a stinker, but he gave me the opportunity to turn it around.
"Luckily he's got faith in me, I would have taken myself off at half-time but there we go!"
He added: "I took my time over that drop-goal, I couldn't have hit it any better to be honest.
"You know when you hit them if it holds the line it's going over, and lucky enough it did because I was pretty terrible for the rest of the game. Hopefully people just remember the drop-goal.
"I didn't need to listen to the crowd to know how badly I was playing in that first half, actually for 79 minutes. I changed my boots at half-time, which probably helped psychologically.
"I'll go to bed tonight remembering how badly I played, and that I was lucky to get away with it at the end there."
Young meanwhile was relieved his call didn't ultimately backfire as Goode repaid the faith.
"It was probably the right decision in the end wasn't it!" he said.
"It was certainly something we thought about, by his own admission he's had a lot better games.
"It was a measure of the guy, it wasn't an easy drop-goal, to nail that and the penalties in the second half, those were probably his saving grace and what kept him on the field. He's got excellent strength of character.
"I expected a response second half, so to win that 16-3 was a big turnaround because in the first half we were extremely poor."