Kwame Thomas says it was a great feeling to get off the mark in a Rovers shirt after netting twice in the 7-1 hammering of Southend United in Sky Bet League One.
The 24-year-old scored in each half of the memorable victory at Roots Hall as Darren Moore’s side climbed up to sixth in the table.
He said: “I’m really happy as it’s been a long path for me to get back to this level, it feels like a real blessing for myself but I have to keep going now.
“The first goal came from a great ball into the box and I’ve managed to pull off at the back post and get on the end of it.
“The second was a bit more instinctive as it often is as a striker, it came to me a couple of yards out and I got something on it to turn it in.”
Rovers were up against nine men for the majority of the second-half after the early dismissal of Ethan Hamilton was followed by a red card for Stephen McLaughlin, and Thomas felt the team handled the situation well.
He added: “It was a really clinical performance from the team, once they had the men sent off we just had to make sure we kept putting the pressure on them.
“We knew their legs would tire towards the end of the game and we took full advantage of that by scoring more goals.
“They went in front early but with a long way to go we were confident that we’d get chances and take them.”