The midfielder sustained a knee problem in the first half of the win over Portsmouth on December 12 and did well to last 68 minutes of the New Year's Eve clash before being replaced by Michael Brown. He had already made a big impact, looking particularly lively in the opening exchanges before drilling home to give us the lead three minutes before the break.
He conceded that finding the net was something of a relief, probably not least because he was the last of our regular midfielders to score a goal this season.
"Of course I am delighted, I have had a couple of chances before but now my wish to score a goal has come true," said the long-time Spurs fan. "It helped the team win the game and that makes it more special.
It was a big relief for me, I wanted so badly to score my first goal for Spurs and I am very happy
The game was really difficult for me because I have been out for two weeks and have not trained much - I was really struggling after half an hour but thankfully I scored a goal and helped the team.
"I was sharp with not doing much for two weeks - but it didn't last too long! It was a long two weeks for me and very hard to take, but the team doing well helped me a little bit."
Even though his match fitness might not be up to scratch, Teemu added that he will certainly not be putting his hand up for a rest ahead of our next game at the City of Manchester Stadium on Wednesday night.
"Now I just want to stay in and Manchester City will be a big test for us. We have finished 2005 well and we are looking to do better in 2006 and start off with a win."
Teemu Tainio was thrilled to register his first goal for Spurs but admitted he was running on empty for much of the game against Newcastle after returning from injury.