RICHARD O’Banks was the new moniker popping up on social media after his Stevenage heroics.

The stupendous save to frustrate Danny Newton certainly bore similarity to a certain rather better-known piece of goalkeeping folklore in times gone by.

But the Richard O’Donnell rehabilitation goes on – proof of that was the noisy chorus singing his name that emanated from the 600 or so City fans that made the midweek trek to Hertfordshire.

O’Donnell is too experienced to believe that all will be rosy from now on. Playing in goal, you are always one mistake away from becoming public enemy number one in the stands.

But it has been a confidence-restoring start for the keeper whose Valley Parade future had appeared so uncertain at the end of last season.

He has conceded just one goal from the four League Two games – and that came via a deflection.

“We are delighted but not just as a defensive unit,” said O’Donnell.

“You could see on Saturday, Vaughany (James Vaughan) heading corners away left, right and centre. Him and Clayton (Donaldson) are so important like that.

“It starts from the front with the pressing.

“We all take pride on keeping the ball out of the net as much as we do with scoring goals. It’s fantastic for everyone.

“There was a lot of pressure on the first two games and we were disappointed with only getting two points.

“But looking back now, they’ve turned out to be decent points because we’ve backed that up with two wins.

“We’ve had a good start and we’ll work hard. We’ve got a group that want to learn and want to improve and that can only be positive.”

O’Donnell classed the save as one of his best but is keen to stress the significance for the team more than any personal glory.

“It was a good one at an important time. The most pleasing thing was that we won the game from it.

“I did enjoy the game in a funny way. But it was a relief when the full-time whistle went.

“Being at the far end second half, I could see the clock. I kept staring at it every two minutes and it didn’t seem to be moving.

“It was definitely a real shift, even for me who doesn’t run around the pitch. It was mentally hard and credit to the lads who put their heart and soul into everything.

“There was a lot of pressure towards the end but the lads dug in. All-in-all, I think we deserved it for the way we went about the game.”

Forest Green are next up at Valley Parade for the first-ever meeting between the clubs. Back-to-back wins have fired expectations among the City faithful and O’Donnell is keen to build the early momentum.

He added: “We said after the Oldham game that the point at Grimsby became a good one because we then won at home.

“Now again, the three points from Saturday felt even better because we backed them up.

“It’s up to us to follow that up against Forest Green. We know they are a good footballing team and what they can do and it’s going to be an interesting game.

“We know we can improve and that’s the exciting thing.”

City can also expect a fervent backing as relations on and off the pitch continue to be restored. O’Donnell could sense that once again with the noisy support they received at the Lamex Stadium and the jubilant reaction at the final whistle.

“The fans came down in their numbers and got on our side from minute one,” he said. “You could see the connection between them and the players with the scenes at the end of the game.

“If I’m being honest, that’s something we were probably missing last year. It makes such a difference.

“It can’t have been enjoyable for the fans at times during the game because we didn’t play our best. We know we can get better and that’s good.”