Gus Poyet is hoping that his lively return to the team against Manchester City leads to him featuring in the side for the remainder of the campaign.
David Pleat chose to inject the famous Poyet enthusiasm into his line-up on Monday and it certainly paid dividends in terms of his attacking thrust and the huge experience he brings to the team.
Now the veteran midfielder is relishing involvement again, but admits the game is easier to play from the sidelines...
"Some people have said to me that I am acting like a little kid playing his first game for a new team!
"Sometimes when you are out you can see a lot of things that are happening in games. From the outside it looks easy, but when you are involved it is not the same and not as easy as you think.
"I am just trying to bring my passion in and trying to push the team forward. I am also trying to push into the box to help the strikers and I nearly scored. I was very pleased with my comeback and we'll see if I have the chance to play until the end of the season."
Gus insists that he and the team are very aware of what is going on around them in the Premiership table and reasons that a win against Bolton on Saturday would remove the fear factor and enable a good finish to the season.
"I've got a paper at home with the games remaining for all the other teams behind us - we are very aware of everything and I definitely think we need a win as soon as possible.
"It is important to win the next game so that we can have a very nice game against Arsenal. We shouldn't get too anxious, from the last five games we have got only one point and it is highly unlikely that would happen in the next five. We are going to try to make sure we remove the fear in the next game."
On the subject of Bolton, Gus rates Sam Allardyce's side highly, while suspecting our team could profit from playing their own game higher up the pitch.
"I think they are team that work hard and know how they play. They make the most of throw-ins and free kicks and put the ball into the box and scrap for it. You have to be prepared to do the same. When Bolton get the ball into the midfield area they have got players who will get the ball down like Campo, Djorkaeff, Okocha and Nolan.
"After, when you get the ball, you have to try and play.
"I would like to think that we could play as high up the pitch as we do at home, that would be a key. It would give us a good chance to play our game, get into the box and stay close to them. If you are too deep, the distance between the defenders and strikers is too long."