Manager David Healy has hailed the contribution of goalkeeper Chris Johns as Linfield chase down their fourth Danske Bank Premiership title in five years.
The runaway Blues juggernaut require nine points from their final six games to ensure the Gibson Cup takes up residence at Windsor Park for another 12 months.
Although striker Shayne Lavery has been grabbing all the headlines because of his goalscoring exploits - he has bagged 21 so far - Johns has been an unsung hero.
Joining the Blues from Coleraine was always going to be a tough gig for Johns and, despite having his critics on occasions, he has come good just when it mattered.
Johns produced a world-class save to prevent Larne's Fuad Sule hitting an injury-time winner a fortnight ago, and he repeated the feat against Ballymena United at Windsor Park last Saturday when he somehow kept out a Jonny Addis shot which was practically the last kick of the game.
They are two moments of magic that could well prove crucial in the Blues' title charge, which haven't gone unnoticed by his manager.
"Chris has been brilliant," said Healy. "Again, people outside the club are quick to jump on the bandwagon. I'm the manager and I'm here to win games, but I'm always open to criticism.
"If Chris has an average game, he is open to criticism but he has been brilliant. He works his socks off in training, he is a player who is zero hassle to manage, very professional, very focused.
"He understands what it means to play at this club, and he understands how deep you have to dig at times - he has been a big player for us. His focus and concentration are exceptional.
"When needed, just as he did at Larne and against Ballymena, he made crucial saves at crucial times. I can't speak highly enough of him. He's from good stock, his dad (Paddy Johns) was an experienced rugby international. When he needed to make a big save, he was there to do it."
Healy's boys will be hoping to nudge a little closer to another title success when they travel down the M1 to face Glenavon at Mourneview Park in today's late kick-off (5.30pm).
"Any time we have been down at Mourneview Park, they have always been tough games - and this one will be no different," he added. "They are a good side.
"People can speculate and talk all they want about the title race, but we have put ourselves into a good position - that's all it is at this stage. Every game is a cup final, and we have six coming up.
"You couldn't foresee how this season would pan out, even at the start in October. The players have had to negotiate a difficult schedule and an enormous amount of challenges - but they keep delivering big performances and big results.
"Every team is meeting challenges along the way. That's why there is very little separating a lot of sides in this league. Even if you look at the bottom four teams, with all due respect to them, on their day they are more than a match for the top sides.
"We now go to Glenavon and, up until last week at Crusaders, they were flying. They were eight unbeaten up until that defeat, but they got back on track against Warrenpoint. We know it will be another big challenge. They are battling desperately for a place in the top six to keep their European play-off hopes alive.
"I've had good and bad experiences at Mourneview, but our players are well drilled, they understand where we are. The players have been here before, they will not get ahead of themselves."
Glenavon v Linfield
Mourneview Park, Today, 5.30pm