Owen Coyle said a good luck message from Fabrice Muamba inspired Bolton Wanderers to a 2-1 win over fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers in their first match since the midfielder's cardiac arrest.
Wanderers star Muamba was fighting for his life for several days after collapsing on the pitch at White Hart Lane in an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Tottenham on March 17. The 23-year-old's heart stopped for nearly 80 minutes following the collapse and doctors admit it is nigh-on miraculous that he is now making a good recovery in intensive care.
Muamba asked a doctor to send his best wishes to Coyle and his players ahead of Saturday's vital showdown with Rovers and they responded with a 2-1 win that lifted them out of the relegation zone.
David Wheater scored twice in the first half at an emotional Reebok Stadium and Steven Nzonzi's second-half strike was not enough to deny Bolton a win.