KEMAR Roofe believes Oxford United’s dramatic comeback at Meadow Lane struck a psychological blow to the rest of the sides in the Sky Bet League Two promotion race.
Plymouth Argyle, Northampton Town, Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers all had relatively comfortable wins on Saturday.
With 12 minutes remaining the U’s were set to lose ground as they trailed Notts County, before three goals saw them run out 4-2 winners to keep pace with their rivals.
Roofe said: “A lot of it is down to psychological battles.
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“We were losing 2-1 and showed determination to get back in it and push on to win the game.
“Other teams might see that and think we have a never-say-die attitude.”
Roofe sealed the victory with the fourth goal a minute into stoppage time.
His sweetly-struck shot from 25 yards was the forward’s 13th goal of the season.
"But the occasion meant his trademark cool celebration was replaced by a passionate outburst in front of the 1,350 away fans.
“The fans probably saw anger in my face, but it was just relief,” he said.
“Every time we win it’s a good feeling, but we did need to win this game.
“We probably let ourselves down by letting them back in the game, but we always back ourselves to keep going to the final whistle.”