Nottingham Forest's attacking prowess may have been the most eye-catching feature of the Reds' play in their win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Stuart Pearce was keen to heap praise on the unsung hero of the match.
Forest took apart Wolves with a fine display, which showcased how devastating they can be when they are at the top of the game, picking up a 3-0 victory.
It is a performance where the likes of Henri Lansbury and Britt Assombalonga stole the headlines, but Pearce says that Eric Lichaj was as impressive as anyone else on the pitch.
The full-back was put up against Wolves' main attacking outlet in Bakary Sako, but coped admirably and limited the powerful winger's threat.
“Bakary Sako is a big handful and I thought Eric Lichaj dealt with him as well as any player will do in this league," Pearce told Forest's official site after the match. "It was an absolutely incredible performance.”
The victory was an important one for Pearce's side as it lifted them back into promotion contention.
Forest had looked off the pace, winning just one of their last 11 games before the international break, but there is optimism around the City Ground again now.
There can be no questioning the Reds' quality this season, but this was the first time that they have been able to show their full capabilities for a long time.
It was a performance which should breed confidence and they carry a lot of momentum into their next game against Birmingham City on Saturday.
If Forest are able to beat the fast improving Blues they could be back in the playoffs again and that will be a welcome relief for Pearce, who was starting to come under pressure as a result of their poor form.