The Cameroon international made his Black Cats debut in the 1-0 defeat by Newcastle, where he gave away the free-kick from which Nikos Dabizas - the man he was picking up - scored the winner.
But the 31-year-old showed enough in the other half of the field after replacing Quinn at half-time to suggest that he can play a major role for the Wearsiders in the remaining Premiership campaign.
And no-one will be more delighted than the 35-year-old Irishman, who admits to feeling the effects of playing week in, week out.
"The signing of Patrick is a big help to me because what I hope to do now when I come on and play for Peter Reid is that I'll be in tip-top form and I won't be dragged through the mill a little bit," he said.
"At the start of the season, I was feeling great about myself because Lilian Laslandes was playing a few of the games and I was playing one or two and coming off the bench, and I was scoring goals.
"I felt really good. I felt like I could play on forever at the start of the season.
"But then Lilian didn't work out and I was playing and playing. I had five games in two weeks over Christmas and it kind of knocked the stuffing out of me a little bit.
"I took me a while to get over that, but I feel now I can give Peter a really strong finish when and wherever wanted."
Niall Quinn has welcomed a helping hand from Sunderland loan signing Patrick Mboma.