Victory hero: Melbourne Derby win better than bragging rights

Melbourne Victory match-winner Mark Milligan believes his last-gasp penalty in Saturday night's 1-0 derby win can help steady his side's inconsistent season.

Milligan came off the bench to win and convert a decisive 96th minute spot-kick against rivals Melbourne City.

And the Caltex Socceroos midfielder, who almost missed the match with a hamstring strain, says the value of three points goes beyond bragging rights.

"After the start to the season we had I think tonight was very important," Milligan told Fox Sports.

"We've had a couple of good performances, a good win [over Brisbane Roar] last week.

"While tonight was a derby I think to us it was probably about a little bit more.

"[It was about] gaining some of that consistency again and ascendancy on the table."

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Milligan's goal secured back-to-back victories.

Having only come on in the 65th minute, Milligan stepped up to the spot despite the presence of regular penalty-taker Besart Berisha.

Victory boss Kevin Muscat admitted he was "unaware" of the change.

"I had a conversation with Bes after the last [missed] penalty," Muscat told Fox Sports.

"Obviously he had a conversation with Millsy and they decided Millsy was going to take it. I thought it was the correct decision."