Goalscorer Lee Angol believes Stags could have earned all three points against Grimsby Town this afternoon, but admits he was pleased to make his mark so quickly after being introduced from the bench.
The former Peterborough United frontman scored Stags' equaliser in the 1-1 draw with Grimsby Town at Blundell Park less than two minutes after replacing striker Kane Hemmings.
And 23-year-old Angol was delighted to have an immediate impact on the game, scoring his first goal since the Checkatrade Trophy victory over Notts County in October.
"When you come off the bench, your aim is to obviously have an impact," Angol said.
"The impact was obviously to score that early goal to make the team lift up a bit, build momentum and to score early [after coming on] put pressure on them.
"The impact was obviously to score that early goal to make the team lift up a bit, build momentum and to score early [after coming on] put pressure on them."
"When I scored so early, I was thinking 'let me get another one to get the winner' but obviously time ran out and we took a point today."
Despite having eight more shots than their Lincolnshire counterparts, Stags couldn't find a winner but Angol believes manager Steve Evans' outfit did enough to win the game.
"I feel like we could've won the game today. When we've got patches where we're on top, I think that's where we need to put the ball in the back of the net. We're not doing that, so we're making the game turn into a fight.
"They have chances, we have chances, but there was times in this game where we could have put the game to bed when we had momentum.
"It's a step forward, getting a point, but I thought we should have had three."
Reflecting on the season so far, Angol admits he would like to have more goals to his name, but is steadfast in his belief that there is enough talent in the Stags' squad to attain a top seven finish in the second half of the season.
"I feel like for me, I could've had a lot more goals. For the rest of the team, I feel like where we are isn't where we should be. We've got a lot of talent in this team, a lot of quality and we should be higher up in the league.
"We need to learn from the first half of the season, which was throwing games away or not punishing teams and we need to take it into the second half.
"This is the final lap, so we need to stop dropping points and start gaining points, like here for example."
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