The midfielder marked his return from a one-match suspension by curling home from 20 yards to secure maximum points against Everton on Wednesday night.
It was his second goal in as many starts having scored last time out at Sheffield United - his ban ruled him out of the FA Cup win at Fulham last Sunday - to take him to five goals this term, not a bad return from 21 appearances.
"JJ can score goals from midfield and hopefully he'll now push on and get eight or nine by the end of the season," reflected Chris after the win at Goodison.
"He scored a fine goal at Sheffield United where he broke from midfield, it was a different type of goal at Everton and he's capable of that. He also has a great engine in there and he's one of the players we miss when he's not available.
"Perhaps you only really recognise you miss a player when he comes back and shows you what he can do and he showed that extra quality in his game again at Everton.
"On the balance of play I think we deserved although going into the final stages it looked set for a draw. We had chances with Dimitar and Robbie and it looked like it needed something special to win it - JJ delivered with that wonderful strike."
Chris Hughton is looking for Jermaine Jenas to push on and take his goal tally towards the double-figure mark by the end of the season.