Jermain Defoe revealed how his goalscoring instincts took over as he clinched his hat-trick in Wednesday night's FA Cup win at Leeds.
The striker admitted he was ‘shattered' as the clock ticked into the third minute of injury time in the fourth round replay at Elland Road.
However, he found one final burst when Gareth Bale's clearance from a Leeds free-kick flew over last man Jonny Howson and sent him clean through on goal.
JD raced away from Howson, skipped around goalkeeper Casper Ankergren and slotted home to make it 3-1 on the night and secure his third hat-trick of the campaign after his trio at Hull and five-goal haul against Wigan.
The win sets-up a fifth round tie at Bolton on Sunday, February 14.
"To be fair, when it went over the defender's head, I thought ‘it's a long way to go' and I was feeling shattered," beamed JD, clutching the matchball afterwards. "But when you are through and you can see the goal, you get the energy.
"I had a similar chance in the first half when the keeper came out and saved with his legs but that came to me so early on in the game. I thought for the hat-trick chance I'd take it around him because that makes it more difficult for the keeper. I was delighted to see it go in."
David Bentley was named ITV's Man of the Match after setting up JD's first two goals. The first came after 37 minutes, Leeds equalised in first half injury time but we continued to dominate and Jermain flicked home Bents' cross after 73 minutes to hand us a deserved 2-1 lead before wrapping it up with his third.
"It was a big win and the performance was excellent," added JD. "Leeds are a good side and knocked out United at Old Trafford, so that says it all really.
"They play at a fast tempo, get after you, get tight, try to stop you playing and work so hard.
"It was a difficult game in a fantastic atmosphere and the lads deserve full credit for the performance. We're all delighted we're through to the next round."