Charlie Hodgson earned rich praise from Philippe Saint-Andre after he struck deep into injury-time with a classic drop-goal to hand Sale a dramatic 18-15 victory over Guinness Premiership rivals Saracens.
The scores were tied at 15-15 when the discarded England fly-half collected the ball and calmly slotted over the posts to send Edgeley Park into raptures.
It was another welcome antidote to his pain of being axed by England following the ill-fated tour to New Zealand earlier this year.
Hodgson has not been included in England's elite player squad for this season, having fallen behind the likes of Toby Flood, Shane Geraghty, Ryan Lamb and Andy Goode in the pecking order at No 10.
Yet he continues to prove invaluable to Sale and followed his try-scoring performance in last week's opening-day victory at Newcastle with another matchwinning display for his club.
Director of rugby Saint-Andre beamed: "We had a very honest discussion with Charlie and he's come back even stronger.
"Last week he scored a try to win the game and now he has showed strength in his mind to score a drop-goal.
"I am pleased to have Charlie Hodgson in my squad and if England want him then he is here."
The points looked certain to be shared prior to Hodgson's late intervention but Saracens should have been headed home with victory in the bag.
They totally dominated the opening 30 minutes and stormed into a 9-0 lead courtesy of Glen Jackson, who landed the first of his five penalties.
However, they allowed Sale to hit back with five penalties - two from Hodgson and three from the influential Luke McAlister - before Hodgson had the final say.
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