Neal Ardley urged his AFC Wimbledon side to keep the promotion dream alive in the wake of their last-kick win over York.
Jake Reeves’ stunning 30-yard half volley in the final few seconds completed a dramatic comeback against the relegation-haunted Ministermen.
It ended a run of five games without a win for the Wombles and with fellow contenders Wycombe and Orient still to play his side’s playoff destiny is in their own hands if they keep the faith.
“My dream is the one I had at the start of the season to get promotion and I still think we can,” Ardley said.
“These boys have got to write their own script. This squad is the best I’ve had since I’ve been here and now it is the best it has been this season with the additions of Darius Charles and Rhys Murphy.
“We can beat anyone and win as many games as we want to win and we are going to keep going until the end. We are going for this we are still dreaming.”
Reeves’ party piece completed a dramatic turnaround in fortunes on a day which for over an hour promised only further frustration for Ardley’s side.
The hosts should have been in front on 17 minutes when L’ubo Satka’s misplaced pass sent leading scorer Lyle Taylor racing clear. Flinders did well to smuggle the shot behind, but it was a chance the former Bournemouth man would usually have scored.
Taylor soon tested York’s keeper once more, but it was the visitors who stole in front six minutes from the break when Luke Summerfield’s shot deflected into the path of Russell Penn who fired beyond Kelle Roos.
Summerfield might have had a second after the break, but Wimbledon were level with 64 minutes played when Dannie Bulman crossed from the right for Rhys Murphy, making his home debut, to bundle home at the near post
Ardley threw on Adebayo Azeez as an extra striker and something akin to The Alamo unfolded.
One goal-bound effort from Bulman cannoned to safety off a teammate, while a brilliant last ditch tackle denied Francomb in the act of shooting.
And when Flinders brilliantly clawed out Barry Fuller’s stoppage-time header hopes of victory seemed to have gone.
However, with the clock ticking down one last Fuller cross was headed out as far as Reeves 30 yards out on the right.
The midfield man, without a goal this season, chested it forward before unleashing a swerving half volley beyond Flinders’ right hand.
There was barely time for York to restart before the whistle brought pandemonium in the stands.
While the winner was as late as they come Ardley believed justice had been served by a man not renowned for shooting never mind scoring.
“Obviously it has taken a worldy strike to win it, but how often have we come away from games feeling really hard done by that we haven’t got what we deserved,” he added.
“There were literally five seconds to go, so if Jake had brought it down and tried to play a square pass I would probably have screamed at him, so he has taken a chance late on in the game and had a pop. Sometimes it happens for you, sometimes it doesn’t.”