Graeme Swann was glad to be back in the thick of the action as England took a stranglehold on day three of the second Test against New Zealand.
Swann, who missed three Test against the Kiwis earlier this year due to elbow surgery, took four for 42 to help dismisses the tourists for just 174.
After reaching stumps of 116 for one, with a lead of 296, Swann was able to reflect on a job well done.
"It's only the third time I've bowled since the operation. Obviously with having the operation, and with such a big summer ahead, it's important to get wickets under your belt," he said.
"I was optimistic I'd be able to get back playing and be able to perform but whether you'll have the rhythm and the spin in the fingers you're never sure.
"So I'm delighted it seems to be coming out nicely. It feels just like it did 18 months ago again and that's very encouraging for me."
The follow-on margin was reduced from 200 ahead to 150 due to the day-one washout, meaning England could have enforced it with their 180-run first innings lead.
Instead they batted themselves and the sight of Nick Compton registering a fourth successive failure in the series, this time managing just seven runs in a stodgy 45-ball stay, was the only real blight on the day.
It was his last chance to impress before the Ashes, but Swann insists Compton retains the confidence of his team-mates.
"It's a shame when someone misses out and Compo's obviously had a fairly low scoring game. He hasn't hit the standards he expects of himself but we know what a magnificent player he is.
"He played with aplomb in the winter and he has support of everyone in the dressing room. I bowl at him in the nets so I know how good he is and he'll be scoring heavily in no time."
New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor revealed the tourists were expecting to follow-on, but believes that would have been preferable as the top order looked to make up for their earlier efforts.
"We were probably a bit surprised we didn't bat again," he said. "If we had batted again and got a lead of around 150 it might have been difficult for England, but they have dictated this game.
"Sometimes when you bat like that it would be good to get back out there; sometimes it's easier to get straight back on the horse.
"Now we need to show some fight, keep England out there as long as possible and hopefully make our job easier tomorrow and on day five."