Iain Davidson was happy to play through the pain barrier against Morton in Greenock last Friday night to help earn the team a vital three points.
Davidson suffered a broken nose after being caught by Derek Lyle’s elbow near the end of the previous week’s 1-1 draw with Queen of the South in Dumfries.
It is the fourth time Davidson has suffered the injury in his career, and although painful, he was keen to not let it affect his place in the Rovers starting XI.
“It’s one of those you think about all week but as soon as the game starts you’ve just got to forget about it and get on with it,” he said.
“You just have to play your normal game and I thought I done okay.”
Davidson had the option of wearing a protective mask, but he opted to go without.
“Stuart the physio had ordered a few masks during the week, but let’s just say it was a no-go!” he said.
“The mask went right across the forehead, and at centre-half the majority of time is spent heading the ball, so it wouldn’t have been ideal.
“The ones that you see Premiership players wearing are a bit out of our budget. They are very expensive.
“We tried it and decided it would be better without. Besides, I wouldn’t have looked the best!”
Davidson revealed that manager Ray McKinnon read the riot act at half-time as Raith came back from a goal down at the interval to win 2-1, and end Morton’s six-game unbeaten run.
“The gaffer let loose at half-time, which I think was well deserved,” Davidson said.
“The first half wasn’t good enough, we were second best to everything.
“The gaffer got the reaction that he needed in the second half and it was a lot better.
“We’re obviously delighted with the second half performance and got the win we needed.”
The win was Rovers first in the league since October 17 and Davidson added: “It’s a win that’s been long overdue and we’ve now got a winnable game next week at home to Alloa.
“They’ve got a new manager and they might get a lift, but we’ll be looking to get three points and cement that fourth place.
“Our target now is to catch Falkirk.”