Winning games is what matters most to Plymouth Argyle's goal-scoring loan star Jason Banton
WINNING games with Argyle is more important to on-loan Crystal Palace attacker Jason Banton than individual accolades.
Banton netted his fifth goal in nine games for the Pilgrims in the 2-1 triumph over Fleetwood Town at Home Park on Saturday.
That victory moved Argyle out of the League Two relegation zone, although the bottom five clubs are all on the same number of points.
Banton is now the Pilgrims' joint top scorer this season, despite only being at the club for six weeks and is fast becoming a fans' favourite.
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He shares top spot, on five goals, with captain Conor Hourihane and Paris Cowan-Hall.
Banton scored what proved to be the decisive goal against Fleetwood in the 39th minute with a low left-foot shot from 20 yards.
It was the first time the 21-year-old had scored for Argyle at Home Park.
Banton told Herald Sport: "I was happy to get another goal to add to my tally but, more importantly, to get the win.
"I'm pleased my goals are counting for things and getting us points on the board."
Argyle led 2-0 at half-time against Fleetwood but they were put under a lot of pressure by the Lancashire visitors after the break.
Banton said: "I thought we did really well in the first half and had we nicked an early one in the second half to make it 3-0 that would have killed them off.
"At 2-0, there was always a chance they would get back in it. They did get nick the goal but we saw the game out."
Banton thought the Green Army played a part in the crucial victory as they got behind the team in what turned out to be a tense finale.
He said: "It's always good when the fans are on your side and supporting the team.
"They stood by us even though Fleetwood pegged one back and we got the result."
Argyle now have back-to-back away games, against Southend United tonight and Chesterfield on Saturday, as they fight for Football League survival.
Southend are sitting in eighth spot in the table, six points outside a play-off place, after their 1-1 draw at home to Torquay United on Saturday.
Banton said: "I don't really look at where teams we are playing are in the league. For example, we played against Gillingham and they were top, and they just about beat us.
"We beat Fleetwood and they were eighth so it's not really about where you are in the league. It's on the day.
"Since I have been here, I think we have played better away from home, so I'm actually looking forward to these two games.
"That's where I have got most of my goals."
Banton's strike-rate for Argyle has been impressive but manager John Sheridan wants to see him work on his all-round game, such as retaining possession of the ball better.
Sheridan even teased Banton about that before his interview with Herald Sport.
Banton said: "I need to sharpen up on not giving the ball away so sloppily, but I'm sure that will come.
"Like the gaffer says, it's only going to make me a better player and help me push on to play at a high level."