Sol Campbell was pleased to start his first Premier League match for Newcastle United against Chelsea.
The former England defender, who joined Newcastle in the summer, has been limited to just substitute appearances in the league so far.
But with Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini suspended, he was drafted in to start alongside Steven Taylor and he performed well against Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Salomon Kalou.
"It's always nice to come back at home, whenever it comes you've got to take it and get on with it," he told Sky Sports.
"I've been training hard, working hard, and it's great to be out there."
Campbell thought Newcastle were well worth their point against Chelsea, adding: "We had to work hard and use the ball well. They're a great side, they came back to 1-1, but you can't beat it."
Full-back Jose Enrique paid tribute to Campbell and Taylor upon their returns to the side.
"The two centre-backs played their first game and they played really well," the Spaniard said.
"Chelsea are a really good team, we played really well in defence. I think we deserved a draw today and we are really happy with that.
"We had to drop back, it's normal against this team. If not, we lose maybe 6-1."