Utility man Bryan Gilfillan embodied the Toon’s fighting spirit to win man of the match against Annan.
The 28-year-old scored the first of Peterhead’s goals against his old club and nearly doubled his tally with a similarly strong header.
The midfielder was then asked to fill in at the back in an already makeshift defence as Steven Noble and Scott Ross were substituted.
Gilfillan said: “We’ve not got a massive squad and we’ve lost big Ross Smith who had a formidable partnership with Scott Ross. But I’ve gone back to defend with Jamie Redman and we still looked quite solid.
“That’s one thing the manager has done, bring in versatile players.
“I was very pleased with the goal and it’s even sweeter when it’s against one of your former teams but we’re disappointed with the overall result.”