Swindon's 1-0 victory over Plymouth was put in context after Paolo Di Canio's mother, Pierina, had passed away 24 hours before kick-off.
By the time the game had ended, Swindon manager Di Canio, who sported a black armband on the touchline, was overcome with emotion and left the County Ground to fly back to Italy to be with his family.
As a result the Robins boss did not speak to the press but the club's interim chairman, Jeremy Wray, paid tribute to him for taking charge of the game.
"He was so focused to win this game and it was always his intention to be here. It's a credit to him that he showed the same passion and enthusiasm on the touchline," said Wray, who saw substitute Alan Connell score the winning goal with five minutes remaining.
"We are a family club and we dedicate this victory to Paolo and his family."
"We knew the emotion would probably get the better of him at the end, and I think at the end of the game he did the right thing to leave."