A knee ligament problem halted Christian's great recent progress in his rehabilitation from emergency Boxing Day surgery on his thigh, but he was all smiles after completing a 45-minute stint in the training ground friendly against Queens Park Rangers.
The German was in a rich vein of scoring form before his injury - scoring in successive games against West Brom and Arsenal - and he picked up pretty much where he left off by applying a sweet left foot volley into the top corner to Jamie Redknapp's measured pass.
"I think it was a bit of luck!" said Christian. "It was a good ball from Jamie and I hit it in the right manner.
"I'm more pleased that I've played after four months for 45 minutes and that everything is going in the right direction. I hope I can keep going now and we'll see.
"It is nice, I can go home and say I scored in the first game. Nice for me but, like I said, I am just happy that I can play on the pitch, I can run and kick the ball - that is good for me at the moment."
Christian says the game helped him overcome any lingering psychological barriers on returning from such a frightening injury.
"In the beginning you are a bit worried. Your movement - running and walking - is completely different from before when you start your rehab. Now it is coming back, but there is still a lot to do. I am just happy," he added, before confirming that he is clinging to the hope of some first team playing time before the season is out.
"It would be dream to finish the season on the pitch after the four months I've had. I hope I am over everything and I can keep looking forward."
Christian Ziege was delighted to find the net again on his return to match action on Monday following his amazing recovery from a horror thigh injury.