Dante Vanzeir stood alone when it truly counted late in the match. (Photo courtesy of the Red Bulls)

Coming off the bench for the third consecutive game as he tries to regain his form and fitness, Dante Vanzeir demonstrated that he still had the scoring touch in a dramatic situation.

The 24-year-old Belgian striker volleyed home a John Tolkin cross from four yards in the 86th minute to boost the Red Bulls to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on Saturday night.

Tenth-place New York (1-1-2, 5 points) recorded its first win of the season while 12th-place Columbus (4) dropped to 1-2-1.

Vanzeir, who replaced Cameron Harper in the 75th minute, has played only 54 minutes in a reserve role this MLS season. The last five have been worth it.

Alexandru Matan had given the Crew the lead in the 33rd minute, but the hosts equalized on Luquinhas’ first goal and the Red Bulls’ second score of the young season in the 58th minute. The goal was the Brazilian midfielder’s first since a 3-0 win over New York City FC in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on June 22, 2022 and the first in league play since a 2-0 triumph over Toronto FC four days prior.