Jermaine Jenas was delighted to be back in full action last weekend after a recent calf injury which has restricted his first team appearances.
The midfielder picked up the knock in the run-up to our Christmas programme, and admits his over-eagerness to get fit again may have set him back at the start of the New Year.
But after making his return as a substitute in the previous weekend's defeat at Bolton, JJ timed his full comeback to perfection with 90 minutes in the 0-0 draw with Arsenal at The Lane.
And he admits he was champing at the bit in the week running up to the clash, saying: "I was so excited in the build-up and I'd been looking forward to the game for a while because derbies are always good games to play in.
"I'd been rushing the injury to be honest because I was so eager to get back. People told me to slow down, but when you're so keen to get out there and help the lads, you make those mistakes.
"So it was good to get 90 minutes under my belt after playing 45 the weekend before, and it was good to be back in general."
And although JJ felt we could, and maybe should, have taken three points off the Gunners, he believes a strong performance has given us something to work on for the coming games.
"We're disappointed we didn't win but we looked a lot more solid as a team and we were positive with all our play.
"We could have been more productive in the final third, but that will come and we've given ourselves a base to build on."