Danny Loader said the relief was palpable in the Royals' dressing room after a hard-earned point against West Bromwich Albion left Reading almost safe in the Sky Bet Championship.
Loader, still only 18 years old, came on for the injured Nélson Oliveira after just six minutes in a frantic match at Madejski Stadium, making his 20th senior appearance of the season in the process.
The versatile attacker came close to scoring his first senior goal against the Baggies, forcing Sam Johnstone into a couple of strong saves in the West Brom goal.
After the game, the England U19 international told BBC Berkshire: "It's a huge relief for everyone, an amazing mood in the dressing room. We're not quite safe yet, but it's a huge step - we're all so happy.
"The manager is not just a really good manager, but a good person as well. He speaks very well about us, he has confidence in us, the mood in the camp is very good with him around.
"He's helping everyone, he gets the thoughts of each player and how he can help them. It's very much like a family environment in the club at the moment.
"It's a really good feeling to be in the team, I just want to keep trying to improve, get my first goal because it's been quite a long time.
"I want to keep improving, keep getting more minutes and keep getting more experience. Personally, I'd like to score my first goal and start scoring with the first team, but I like the position I'm playing - I like to drop deep and get on the ball a lot as well.
"I'm finding better positions now, as I get more minutes I get more experience, knowing how I can affect the game more. It's just about finishing the chances off.
"It's a huge step up to the first team from the Under-23s, this transition can sometimes be quite hard. Going from an Under-23s team that's doing really well to a first team that had been struggling a bit was difficult, but I've loved the challenge and I just want to keep going."