He was, however, gutted not to have earned the three points during the pulsating Championship clash.
Gardner, on loan from Aston Villa, netted his maiden Nottingham Forest goal only to see his side's efforts cancelled out by a late Blackpool equaliser, leaving the scores tied at 4-4.
Gutted not to get 3 points fans was top class! Pitch was terrible but that's no excuse! Onto bolton! #nffc— Gary Gardner (@22Gards) February 14, 2015
Also buzzing to get my first goal for forest!— Gary Gardner (@22Gards) February 14, 2015
And the Aston Villa loanee's contribution drew praise from brother and West Brom midfielder Craig Gardner.
Craig was also a product of the Aston Villa youth system but is now a first-team stalwart at West brom and was delighted for brother Gary after his first Forest goal.
He tweeted before full-time, though, urging his brother to go on and get the winner for Dougie Freedman's men...
It was not to be for Nottingham Forest but there was a silver lining, best demonstrated by Dexter Blackstock's reaction to the 4-4 draw.
What a crazy game gutted we didn't win but showed great spirit to come from behind twice. Amazing away support again #nffc— Dexter Blackstock (@dexblackstock23) February 14, 2015
(Craig) Gardner's West Brom side also scored four on Saturday - only they didn't concede any as they knocked West Ham United out of the FA Cup.
(Gary)'s parent club Aston Villa are in Cup action later today against Leicester City.