The midfielder suffered a knee injury against Celtic late in pre-season and missed the opening stages of the campaign, where the team gave a particularly good account of themselves and were sitting pretty in the table.
This was achieved while coping with a mammoth injury list that, at one time, numbered 13.
Darren recovered from his injury and, after a couple of reserve outings, took his place on the bench for the Worthington Cup third round tie against Burnley - the first of a three game losing sequence!
"Yeah, yeah - that's right!" laughed Darren. "I came back for the Burnley game, the Sunderland game and I was sub against Arsenal."
With those run-outs under his belt, Darren started against Leeds and looked back to something approaching his best. Much to his delight, he did not run out of steam and his stamina level was impressive.
"It was nice that we got back to playing some good football and managed to get a great victory. It was good. It was nice to get back and play, especially at White Hart Lane, so I enjoyed it.
"It does take time in terms of stamina. I felt pretty good, to be honest, but I know it will take between six and ten games to get back to peak fitness. I've come back from a few injuries so I know it does take a while.
"I was pleasantly surprised."
With the squad now showing a bit of depth, Darren is aware that level of performance is just as important when it comes to staying in the first team.
"That's right, but that's good for us. It is a good squad and when people are tiring it can change. You've got to use your squad now and we've definitely got a good one here."
The irony was not lost on Darren Anderton - his return to fitness coincided with the recent sticky spell, hopefully now over with victory over Leeds.