The striker made his comeback as a substitute 14 months after suffering a serious knee injury.
Nottingham Forest fans have not had much to cheer about this season, but they were given a silver lining on Tuesday night as Britt Assombalonga made his long-awaited return to action after 14 months out with a knee problem suffered in February 2015.
The striker came on as a substitute for the final few minutes of a uninspiring 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers to a rousing reception from the City Ground faithful.
The match itself was a dull affair and will go down as another chance missed to secure three points after Paul Williams' side were pegged back after taking the lead.
Forest, with only one win from their previous 12 league games, went in front with virtually the first chance of match when Dexter Blackstock raced through to finish after a quarter of an hour.
That lead lasted just seven minutes, however, as Danny Graham just beat Dorus De Vries to the ball to equalise, and the hosts were unable to force the issue and secure the three points which would have mathematically secured their safety.
However, despite boasting just one win from 13 matches after Tuesday's result, it would take a minor miracle for Forest to go down, which was a source of small relief to some of the clubs' fans.
Despite being a pessimistic #nffc fan, I think we can rule out an 18 goal swing in the last 3 games! Hardly a champagne moment, but safety.— ASHLEY HALL (@ashNFFChall) April 19, 2016
As long as #nffc don't lose their last 3 games and throw away 18 goals, they've just scraped staying up. Can't wait for season end.— Matt North (@Matty1North) April 19, 2016
3 games left. 9 pts clear of MK Gones. It's been a season to forget but we are safe #nffc— Stig (@NFFC_Stig) April 19, 2016
For others, however, this was just the latest in a long line of below-par performances indicative of the hugely disappointing season, given the hopes of challenging for the play-offs last summer.
Really should have won this tonight. Fed up of not beating sides like this who offer very little all game #nffc— Matt Ball (@matt290994) April 19, 2016
The dream of safety is achieved! What a 150th anniversary. #nffc— Warren S (@1wozza) April 19, 2016
'Football' so offensive to the eye you'd be forgiven for thinking Cotterill was still in charge. Can the season end asap #nffc— Matt (@False_Alarm_) April 19, 2016
The art of winning a game of football. Forgotten at #nffc— Peter Stephenson (@forestred78) April 19, 2016
Well we can't get relegated at least now with 3 to play...what a disastrous season #nffc— Dan Thomas (@DanThomas66) April 19, 2016
#nffc Difficult to get excited about that. Please bring this wretched season to a close!— GMPM (@GMPM1972) April 19, 2016
Despite the uninspiring fare, the highlight of the match for the majority of Forest fans was undoubtedly the return of Assombalonga, who had become a fan favourite at the City Ground before his injury.
Nice to see Britt get back out onto the City Ground pitch. Love it. #nffc— Nakeel Singh (@Infamous_Singh) April 19, 2016