Kevin Pietersen admitted that good fortune played its part in his innings of 80 on day two of the second Test against Pakistan, but was still happy with his performance.
The England batsman's form has been questioned recently as he still waits for a first Test century since March last year.
But by top-scoring in his side's first innings total of 251 at Edgbaston, Pietersen may have succeeded in stemming the flow of criticism.
However, the 30-year-old incredibly survived four dropped chances and also escaped from a confusing situation when he lofted a dead-ball to Pakistan skipper Salman Butt.
Although Pietersen conceded that he was slightly lucky to have made it as far as 80, he claimed that the lively Edgbaston wicket was always going to offer chances to the bowling team.
"It wasn't my most fluent of knocks. But in terms of the situation of the game, it was one I'm pretty pleased with," he said.
"The wicket was two-paced, and occasionally the ball would nip - which made it really hard. It was one of those real grafting wickets.
"The last two wickets have been extremely tough. I haven't played on two tougher in my career in Test match cricket.
"I obviously rode my luck - on that wicket, you've got to.
"We had to do that, and we hope we're in position now to do something really good on day three."
Pietersen has endured a rollercoaster spell since losing the England captaincy in January 2009 but insists he is still fully focused, even if the runs are not flowing as freely as they used to.
He added: "Obviously I haven't been scoring the big hundreds I did in the first 50 odd Tests. But it's not as if I haven't been scoring runs.
"It's a case of getting back to the drawing board and keep working just as hard when things are tough - because just around the corner, there's a new knock."
Pietersen was quick to play down the dead ball incident, which was ruled not out due to umpire Marais Erasmus' call being given before the delivery from Mohammad Asif was bowled.
"I probably shouldn't have hit it. I apologise if I caused any issues. Instinct took over," he said.
Butt, who initially claimed Pietersen should have been given out, also accepted that keeping the right-hander at the crease was the correct decision.
"I've been told by the umpire that he called it before the actual shot was played, so it becomes not out that way," Butt said.
England's lower order collapsed after a five-wicket haul by Saeed Ajmal but the damage had already been done to the tourists, who trail by 160 after their woeful first innings total of 72.
The Pakistan captain added: "It seemed like a case of nothing going your way.
"When you have a bad day, there's not much you can do - just laugh about it and at the same time keep on trying harder.
"I think all the luck was with KP today. But if we do well in the second innings, this match is still on."