The 19-year-old forward came on as 83rd minute substitute for Wojciech Golla to score the match winner with two minutes left to play for and revived Ron de Groot’s men chances of survival from relegation.
The Nigerian who joined the Dutch outfit on loan from Liverpool in June, expressed his delight after finding the back of the net and remains optimistic his side can swim out of the relegation zone.
"It feels great to be winning and I'm very happy for the team and for the club. When the ball was given, I saw that the ball would fall into the free space. I decided to dive into that hole and I’m so happy, I could nod inside,” Awoniyi told Fox Sports.
"I thought we played well and we have to draw the line now. That competition won also does not matter much yet, because we all still have a game. We need to focus on next week and drop the same performance as today.''
NEC Nijmegen are 17th on Eredivisie log with 31 points from 33 games and are two points adrift survival zone.