Hiram Boateng celebrated his first goal of the season by springing over to the bench before embracing Dean Lewington.
The 85th-minute strike ultimately earned MK Dons a point on the opening day of the season as the Dons got off the mark in Matchweek One.
It was Boateng’s first appearance in a Dons shirt since 7th January 2020, and after finding the back of the net, the midfielder noted it as hard to hide his joy.
Speaking to iFollow MK Dons following the full-time whistle, Boateng heaped praise upon Lewington for his help and trust. “He's a legend. He put his faith in me today and I'm really happy with that - hopefully, I've repaid him.
“He's definitely a real leader for the club and someone we can all follow.”
It wasn’t just Lewington joining in the celebrations, in fact, the whole bench released their emotions, with all the outfield players also sprinting over to the bench to celebrate Boateng’s strike.
It was a real show of togetherness after a tough week at Stadium MK, an intangible Boateng says MK Dons have in abundance.
“We've got a lot of togetherness and team spirit. It feels like a deeper bond in the team in the last week or so - everyone put their all in.
“We made some mistakes we need to rectify but everyone gave a good account of themselves.”
MK Dons return to Stadium MK this Saturday afternoon for their opening home match of the 2021/22 season.
Tickets for the Sky Bet League One clash with Sunderland are on sale priced from £22 adults, £17 over-65s and £7 under-18s while under-12s go FREE.
To book tickets CLICK HERE, visit the Box Office at Stadium MK or call 01908 622922. Tickets will be available to buy online up until 2pm on Saturday and up until kick-off from the Box Office.