Winnall has not played for Sheffield Wednesday's first team in more than a year, having suffered a serious injury while on loan to Derby County.
Winnall swept home a Jack Stobbs cross to see off Crewe Alexandra's second string, before departing at the half-time interval.
The Owls striker's early withdrawal, which was planned according to Neil Thompson, suggests he is still a while away yet from making a first team return.
But the following Sheffield Wednesday fans are dreaming about that day nonetheless...
Got a feeling Sam winnall could be a player Jos takes a shining to— Caulkett (@Caulkett92) October 12, 2018
I’m telling theee sammy Winnall is coming back hungry and is gonna bang them in! Just watch!— Jude (@judehallowl) October 12, 2018
He will do bits in first team just watch— Dane (@Daneobean_) October 12, 2018
That movement and Finish is top notch— Number 11 (5-4-3) (@WinningWinnall) October 12, 2018
Winnall's getting winner at Lane int he?— TheOfficialAndrew (@AAldam5) October 12, 2018
Winnall has not played for Wednesday's first team in more than a year, with the Owls loaning him to Derby County.
The 27-year-old impressed with six goals in 17 games for the Rams, but saw his time there cut short in February by a serious knee injury.
Steven Fletcher, Lucas Joao and Atdhe Nuhiu are among Winnall's rivals for a place in Jos Luhukay's team, while Gary Hooper remains on the sidelines.
When fit, does Winnall make your Sheffield Wednesday XI?