Diamonds fought back from falling behind to a Rhys Hoenes goal after just two minutes to lead 2-1 at half-time thanks to goals from Ben Diamond and Joel Gyasi.
Gyasi added another after the break and Diamonds held on to secure a 3-2 success over their higher-ranked local rivals after Mathew Stevens pulled one back with 10 minutes to go.
“It was exciting and there were two teams who played well with lots of good football.
“It’s just good to have him in and around things again. He gives the dressing-room a lift.
Andy Peaks was “delighted” after AFC Rushden amp; Diamonds maintained their good form by seeing off Kettering Town in the second round of the BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup last night (Tuesday).
“It was all depending on the game and we might have got him five or 10 minutes at the end.