Marvin Ekpiteta said he was “buzzing” after scoring the winning goal against Wrexham that took Leyton Orient back to the top of the National League.

The central defender struck in the 72nd minute when his powerful shot deflected in, and although he was delighted with the goal, he was also keen to praise the performances of those around him.

After the game, Ekpiteta said: “I’m buzzing at the moment, I can’t really describe how I feel but it feels good to get the win, get the three points and a clean sheet as well.

“All the boys are doing well. We’ve got so many decent, good players that we can swap around whenever it’s needed, and they can come in and perform.

“It was a great effort from me and from all the boys. Everyone had to do their job today, everyone had to have a good game and they did.”

With the game level at the break but most of the pressure coming from the home side, Orient remained patient going into the second half, and Ekpiteta says that was the message from Justin Edinburgh at half-time.

He said: “We just had to keep being patient and keep trying to wear them down. In the second half we came out and I feel like we did a bit better, we came out of the traps a bit more then we got our chance and broke them down eventually.

“He [Edinburgh] just told us to keep going and doing what we were doing and we’ll wear them down eventually and he was right.”

The goal was the defender’s fifth of the season, a more than respectable tally for a centre-back, and although he was happy to reach that landmark, he also pointed out the togetherness of the squad shown in the celebrations.

He said: “The ball fell to me and I just thought I’m going to hit it down and see where it goes and thankfully it went in the back of the net.

“They were great celebrations with all the boys. We’re all so close and this is such a good team.

“For a top team to go all the way we need good team spirit. Even the players who are not playing, when they come on we just all need to stay together and keep a good aura throughout the team.”

It’s also been a good week personally for Ekpiteta after he received a call-up to the England C squad along with teammate Josh Koroma for their game against Wales.

He said: “It’s always an honour to get called up for your country and I’m happy to go and do that again.

“I’m not worried [about playing lots of games in a short space] because we’re getting towards the end of the season now, I just need to keep my head down and smash through the rest of the games and relax afterwards.”

The O’s can keep that momentum going tonight when they travel to Aldershot Town, with kick-off at 7.45pm at The Recreation Ground.