Beth Mead fired Sunderland to a sensational last-gasp win over Notts County and then set her sights on leaders Chelsea.
The 20-year-old beat England keeper Siobhan Chamberlain with a stunning injury-time goal at the Eppleton CW ground as the Lady Black Cats leapfrogged County into third place in the WSL1 table.
I should have finished those chances.
Next up at Hetton is a showdown with title favourites Chelsea, who strengthened their grip on the title race with a 4-1 romp against Bristol.
“Who would have expected that at this stage of the season?” said Mead about Sunderland’s third place.
“I think we’ve excelled ourselves so far and we want to keep that going and take this momentum into the game with Chelsea.
“It will be a tough match – Chelsea are top of the league and have signed Fran Kirby who’s a great addition to their personnel.
“But we’ll work hard all week then come back here on Saturday and do what we can.”
Mead’s goal was an absolute beauty, the finish emphatic after failing to take several earlier opportunities.
“I should have finished those chances,” she admitted. “I was annoyed with myself.
“It showed character from me and the team to keep going and get that goal.
“I hit it really nicely and as soon as I hit it, it felt like it was going in the back of the net and it did!”
Mead seemed to be wheeling away to mark the goal before it even hit the net and said she enjoyed the celebrations with her parents in the crowd.
“I could see the keeper was getting no where near it,” said the forward.
“My mam and dad were stood straight in line with me and I ran straight to them.”