THERE was no hiding Cole Stockton’s delight at having opened his Barrow AFC account against MK Dons.

The striker, on loan from Burton Albion until the end of the season, scored the only goal of the game as the Bluebirds beat the Dons for the first time in their history.

The win was enough to lift Pete Wild’s side back into the automatic promotion spots, and Stockton admits that was the most important thing.

Speaking to the club’s official Facebook page, he said: “There’s no better feeling (than scoring the winning goal), but it is the three points that matters.

“That (the win) has put us third in the league. It’s massive. We’ve worked all week for that, and it has paid off.

“I’m buzzing with the goal, but like I said the three points are what matters now, because everyone is working so hard together every day.

“So I’m made up to score, but now it’s about moving on to next Saturday.”

The visitors came into the clash at Holker Street on a good run of form – having won four from six League Two games before Saturday.

But Stockton says while the team was aware of the threats their opponents possessed, they should be looking at what they can do to teams rather than they other way round.

He added: “We knew the threats that MK Dons have and don’t get me wrong they are always going to get chances with how good they are, but we cancelled that out and showed our qualities as well.

“We have to do that, especially at home. We have to make teams worry about us, and it has paid off.”

Stockton says he has settled into life at Holker Street very quickly and paid tribute to everyone involved.

“I’ve come into an environment that is positive and pushing forward and there is no better feeling,” he said.

“The lads, the staff, everyone has been brilliant, so I’ve settled in so easily.”

And the frontman believes the Bluebirds are back on the up having taken four points from the last two games.

He added: “All of the staff, the lads and the fans have knitted together so well, so hopefully we keep pushing on.

“Before the games you would have taken that – one point away to Notts County and then three at home to MK Dons then we would have snapped your hand off.”

Wild’s men are back on their travels this weekend when the y make the long trip to face AFC Wimbledon at The Cherry Red Records Stadium.

Wimbledon currently sit ninth in the League Two table having shared the points in a goalless draw with Bradford at the weekend.