Hull travelled to Wigan Athletic – the site of last season's crushing 8-0 Championship defeat – on the back of four matches without a win and three without a goal, putting their hopes of automatic promotion in jeopardy.
But they responded in real style, winning 5-0 with Wilks scoring three and making another.
Even looking beyond that, though, Hull manager McCann thought it was the forward at his best.
“I’m really, really pleased for Mallik,” said McCann, who brought Wilks to the KCOM Stadium in January 2000 having had him at the Keepmoat Stadium the previous season.
“He’s a boy I’ve known for a couple of years now. Historically, sometimes in games, you don’t see him and then he can pop up with something or get you something.
“He scored three on Wednesday, he set one up for Keane (Lewis-Potter), he probably could have had a couple more with the positions he was taking up.
“I think that was his best performance, probably his best performance in a Hull shirt.
"Forget about the goals, I just thought his performance was excellent and that’s something Mallik can now build on.”
Hull remain second in League One, four points above Doncaster. Rovers have three games in hand, but have lost their last three matches. Lincoln City are a point clear of Hull at the top, having played two fewer games than the Tigers.
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