The England international, missing since mid-September with a hamstring injury, returned to the fold against Middlesbrough when he replaced Gus Poyet on 67 minutes in a successful attempt to repel mounting Boro pressure.
He gave a very good account of himself and settled nicely into the midfield role many have predicted he could fill. With the team now unbeaten in five games it was a good time for Ledley to ease back into his stride.
"The injury is fine and it was just nice to get out there," he reflected afterwards. "It has been a while for me and the team are picking up some good results now and looking hard to beat. As long as we keep doing that we'll be happy.
"It is nice to come back in while the boys are doing well, there is a lot of confidence in the team at the moment.
"We are disappointed that we didn't put a bit more pressure on Middlesbrough, but we'll take the point and look forward to Wednesday."
Ledley King says that it is a bonus for him to be challenging for a place in a team not short on confidence at the moment.