Old boy Alex Revell left AESSEAL New York Stadium with three points and his affection for Rotherham United fans further cemented in his heart.
Revell was part of the Cardiff City side which pulled off a 3-1 Championship win, and there were touching scenes before and during the game.
The 31-year-old striker who starred in two promotions for the Millers and scored a wonder-goal in the League One Play-off Final at Wembley last season was given a rousing reception by the home crowd before kick-off and when he was substituted late on.
“I couldn’t believe it,” said the targetman who had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half. “It meant the world to me.
“Obviously, with the game starting in just a few seconds, there’s a limit to how much appreciation you can show at the time.
“But I want the Rotherham fans to know that their gesture gave me goose-pimples.
Revell joined the Bluebirds on a two-and-a-half-year deal in January, but says his time with the Millers before then was the best of his career.
“Despite what the fans may have read elsewhere, I loved it there,” he said after helping his new club climb to 13th place on Tuesday.
“The fans were always brilliant with me. I never expected what happened on Tuesday night to be so good, but it was typical of them and the support they’ve given me. I can’t thank them enough.”
Rotherham boss Steve Evans pointed the finger at the officials after the defeat, claiming their mistakes had cost his side two goals and that Cardiff’s second effort had been offside.
But, with Millwall also losing, the 21st-placed Millers maintained the six-point gap between them and the drop zone.
“I’m sure they’ll stay up,” added Revell. “They’ve got some good players and on their day can match most clubs.”