David Jeffrey has hailed the influence of midfield maestro Jamie Mulgrew after another match-winning performance on Saturday.
Since putting pen to paper on a full-time deal with the Blues at the start of the season, the ex-Glentoran man has been a revelation.
Important league goals have been complimented by a Setanta Sports Cup strike against St Pat’s and Jeffrey has been left drooling at his “sparkling” form.
And Saturday’s first-half strike by Mulgrew was enough to beat a stubborn Coleraine side to keep the Blues at the top of the table, a point ahead of cross-town rivals Glentoran
“It took a fantastic piece of play for the goal from Jamie Mulgrew who is on sparkling form at the moment,” said Jeffrey.
“He has been awesome for the last number of weeks. His driving forward, his tenacity, his vision and all round play have been excellent.
“He is just getting better and better and the great thing about him is that he has his feet firmly on the ground.
“He doesn’t get carried away with it, works extremely hard in training and is a real team player,” he added.
Mulgrew insists he was determined to adds goals to his game this season — and with four goals to his name already this season he wants to do even more.
“With Peter Thompson gone, I wanted to make sure I could step up to the plate more this season in front of goal,” said Mulgrew.
“I’ve four so far after Saturday and it would have been five only our game with Cliftonville was abandoned after I scored.
“Hopefully goals can be a big part of my game this season.”
But Mulgrew isn’t the only player at Windsor Park singled out for praise by the boss.
Young striker Mark Miskimmin, who set up Mulgrew’s goal, has caught the eye of his boss.
“Mark Miskimmin is maturing at an incredible rate,” said Jeffrey.
“Peter Thompson going has given Mark his chance a little bit quicker than we thought but his attitude has been first rate.
“His work rate is fantastic, he is learning very quickly and I thought it was an excellent pass for the goal.
“It was a great piece of football and I though he showed great maturity for one so young.”
Coleraine piled the pressure onto the Blues in the closing stages but to no avail as Linfield remain top of the pile.