Andy Scott choked back the tears as Aldershot Town all but secured their Skrill Premier safety in the back yard of rivals Woking.
Almost 1,500 travelling Shots fans partied on the Kingfield terraces with players and coaches after Scott's men clinched a 2-1 victory which means only a victory for Chester and a mammoth 13-goal swing at home to Hereford United on Saturday will prevent them from playing in the Premier next season.
Former Woking striker Brett Williams silenced the boo-boys by putting Aldershot in front from the penalty spot on 65 minutes, only for a former Shot, Brett Johnson, to equalise for the Cards six minutes later.
But a deflected winner from Mark Molesley six minutes from time sealed victory for the Shots and sent the travelling support into delirium.
“I'm absolutely delighted, for everyone who has contributed to this. I promised a rollercoaster at the beginning of the season and we got one.
“We've had the chairman in the dressing room in tears, it means so much. Right from that first game at Grimsby when we didn't even have a side, everyone responded.
“I'm delighted it hasn't gone down to the last day, we can enjoy Saturday now. It should be party time. The fans deserved it, it's a huge relief because we've been under pressure but the boys have come through for me and I'm absolutely delighted."
And Williams, who moved joint top of the Conference scoring charts with his 28 goal of the season added: “We always knew it was going to be a battle, they are a very good side and have proved that this season, but the main thing for us was the three points."
On his penalty he grinned: “I picked my side and just went for it. It was a bit nervy but it's my job to do that. I'm glad I've helped the club stay in this league and will go again next year.”