Alex Hunt has struggled to find minutes since John Sheridan was appointed as Oldham Athletic manager.
The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, currently on loan with the Latics until the end of the season, has only started once under Sheridan. He was taken off before the hour mark in their goalless draw against Rochdale on 29 January.
Hunt, who spent the first half of the campaign on loan at National League side Grimsby Town, made his fourth appearance for Oldham on Saturday. The 21-year-old was a late second-half substitute as the Latics recorded a 2-0 win over Bradford City, without a manager. First-half goals from former Owls player Hallam Hope and Davis Keillor-Dunn helped Oldham climb out of the relegation zone.
Former Wednesday midfielder Sheridan said: “This is a big win for us. A massive win.
“Every game is huge for us because of the position we’re in and I just want the guys to keep the race we’re in.
“I thought they went over the line in the first half. Getting the goals gives you that platform and something to hang on to.
“I would have liked us to play a bit better in the second half and control the game a bit better because they are a good team with good players.
“I think our performance in the first half was what really won us the game, to go 2-0 at half time, but we still had a decent chance or two.”
Sheridan has overseen a big improvement in their fortunes since returning to Boundary Park for a sixth spell. His Latics side picked up 11 points from their five games in charge of raising hopes of pulling off the great escape.
Oldham are 22nd in League Two, one point above the drop zone with 16 games remaining.
Elsewhere, Cameron Dawson was out of action for Exeter City at the weekend after the Greeks’ home game against Barrow was canceled due to security concerns over part of their St James Park stadium. Exeter, currently fourth in League Two, said there was no opportunity to check for damage from the persistent high winds.
Goalkeeper Dawson has been one of Exeter’s best performers this season, racking up 34 appearances in all competitions.