Wales coach Rob Page said it was "all about (Gareth) Bale again" after he scored a late penalty to salvage a 1-1 draw against the United States at the World Cup on Monday.
Bale, Wales' all-time top scorer, crashed home an 82nd-minute spot-kick to earn his side a point in their first World Cup game since 1958.
Bale was making his first start for club or country since late September, but Page had no doubts over his captain's ability to deliver on the biggest stage.
"Irrespective of what he does at club level, he manages to put the jersey on for Wales and does things that surprise people," said Page.
Meanwhile, late goals by Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over African champions Senegal on Monday as the three-time beaten finalists made their return to the World Cup stage.