Michael Dawson couldn't hide his delight after returning to action in Saturday's 3-0 FA Cup win against Cheltenham.
'Daws' wore the captain's armband again as he stepped out at White Hart Lane for the first time since August, having recovered from an Achilles injury.
Aaron Lennon also made a welcome return as goals from Jermain Defoe, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Giovani secured a comfortable passage into the fourth round and an away tie at Watford.
There was a spring in Michael's step as he led the team out for the pre-match warm-up and his return all went to plan.
"It was great to be out there playing again," said Michael. "There is no better feeling than walking out at White Hart Lane.
"Four months in the gym is certainly not what you want but it happens in football and speak to any player, that’s the down side.
"When you do get back out there playing again it’s a great reward for that hard work."
Michael paid tribute to Cheltenham's performance. "It was their cup final and it was a great atmosphere," he added.
"They played well for the first 20 minutes. We had plenty of the ball but couldn’t get in behind them and it only takes one mistake from us, they break away and they could nick a goal.
"We got the goals though and that always makes it a lot easier."