Josh Morris' stunning strike was praised by both camps after Scunthorpe triumphed 2-1 in their top-of-the-table clash at Bury.
Morris curled in from 25 yards to move the Iron three points clear at the summit of Sky Bet League One.
Scott Wiseman had opened the scoring for the visitors three minutes before half-time, with Tom Soares equalising in the 58th minute.
Scunthorpe assistant manager Chris Lucketti and Bury boss David Flitcroft both hailed Morris' match-winning strike.
Lucketti said: "It was a fantastic goal by Josh, it was worthy of winning any game. Josh is playing out of this world. He's a great character, he's a great pro - on and off the pitch - and he's getting his rewards because he works ever so hard."
Flitcroft added: "Morris is in form and it was an absolute worldie of a goal. It deserved to win a match of that importance.
"We haven't got beaten by a scrappy goal, it was an absolute wonder strike.
Morris almost repeated the feat moments later as he struck the crossbar but Scunthorpe had already done enough to end Bury's six-match winning run.
Lucketti added: "It was a fantastic performance from start to finish and we got our rewards.
"It's only three points, that's all we've gained, but to do it against a team that's around you makes it extra special. Bury are there for a reason, they've been on a good run, but it's nice to put an end to that.
"Bury play to Tom Pope's strengths so the defence had a physical test but the whole back four were superb at dealing with that. Bury asked questions of us and we answered them.
"Scott went up for a free-kick for the goal. Rather than putting it straight into the box we played some intricate football down the wing and Wisey was there to finish.
Flitcroft felt his side could take a lot of encouragement from the contest.
"If they're the best team in the league, we went toe-to-toe with them and we've still got Danny Mayor, James Vaughan and Leon Barnett to come back in," he said.
"We've got beat and it's on our home turf so it hurts, but the lads can walk out of here with their heads held high because they've given each other everything they've got. I can't ask for any more than that.
"The stats will say that we've edged it but the stats are no good. We created chances and had a right go and I think the fans appreciated that.
"Our last defeat was here against Oldham (on August 20). We didn't do enough to win that day but we did today."