Ward, who can play as a striker or as a winger, started the Championship game at the City Ground and played for the entire 90 minutes.
The 29-year-old took 11 shots, had a pass accuracy of 85%, created two chances, put in two crosses, attempted eight dribbles, and made one interception and two blocks.
Forest got the better of 10-man Bolton 3-0, thanks to goals from Nelson Oliveira (penalty), Oliver Burke and Ward.
Over the course of the 90 minutes at the City Ground, the Reds had 62% of the possession, took 22 shots of which eight were on target, and earned five corners.
Visitors Bolton had just 38% of the possession, took three shots of which only one was on target, and earned four corners.
Forest fans have taken to Twitter to have their say on the performance of Ward against Bolton.
Below are some of the best comments:
Fans treating Jamie Ward as if he is some sort of foootball meesiah, after one decent performance this season.. he is still a sheep #nffc— gary gordon-allard (@forestgary) January 17, 2016
Need more performances like yesterday's from Jamie Ward, he was outstanding #nffc— Tom Clarke (@TomClarke_3) January 17, 2016
Very good performance by Forest yesterday. Jamie Ward exceptional thru the middle. Thought Oliver Burke was another level in 1at half #nffc— Max Newton (@MaximoNewton) January 17, 2016
Got to say has there ever been any better free transfers than Mills, Ward and Pinillos? Great signings. Wardy different class yday. #nffc— Martin Fitt (@Fitty23) January 17, 2016