PAUL Lawson hit the goal of his life at the weekend - but admits it counts for nothing.
The Ross County midfielder, who has been a stand-out since returning to the first-team, brought the Staggies level at Caley Thistle before a controversial Billy McKay penalty won it for ICT.
Trailing from an early Andrew Shinnie goal, County won a free-kick 10 minutes before the break.
Iain Vigurs looked to be keen for a shot at goal, but he caught out a few ICT opponents by rolling the ball to Lawson, who crashed home a terrifically controlled shot past Ryan Esson into the roof of the net.
It's clearly a candidate for goal of the season, but Lawson admits the edge was taken right off it by the defeat, and the manner of the defeat.
He told the NS: "I don't think I have scored a better goal in my career. I was very pleased with it, but it didn't count for anything as we walked away with nothing. It was a bittersweet moment.
"You can play great in some games, which is fine on a personal level, or score a great goal, but it's the team that matters. If you don't get the victory, it's all been for nothing."
The winner in the derby came when Mihael Kovacevic was adjudged to have illegally brought down Charlie Taylor in the box when it seems he won the ball cleanly. Lawson says the call was the wrong one.
He explained: "There were a number of decisions we felt went against us in the game. Caley Thistle may say 'it's just one of those things', but it's really disappointing. We'll pick ourselves up though and go against Kilmarnock next weekend."
Like the majority of the County squad, classy midfielder Lawson (28) is out of contract in May.
Although being out of the picture for the first half of the season, his performances have coincided with County's best run of any team in the league, going 11 unbeaten before Saturday. He hopes that form can win him a new deal, which would be a huge boost to County fans.
Lawson, who signed in 2007 and came off the bench in the 2010 Scottish Cup final, said: "I've not been spoken to yet with regards to a contract. I am sure that time will come in the next few weeks. I've been here a long time and it's been very enjoyable.
"The strides this club have made in the past six years since I arrived have been brilliant. The manager says he wants to keep improving the club to take it to the next level. It would be great to be a part of it."