Steven Taylor hopes to have done enough to stay in the Newcastle team to face West Brom on Sunday.
The 24-year-old defender returned last Sunday for his first game in 10 months and helped the Magpies to a 1-1 draw against Chelsea.
With Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini both suspended, Taylor and summer signing Sol Campbell came in for their first starts of the season and played a big part in holding the defending champions at St James' Park.
Taylor was glad to be back in action and believes he and Campbell can continue to do a job in the centre of defence for manager Chris Hughton.
"It was an unbelievable feeling to be back playing," Taylor told the Evening Chronicle.
"I got a chance to play with Sol Campbell at the back, who I had played with in a reserve game against Manchester City.
"I enjoyed having him talking to me all the game - he's been there and done it. I can learn from Sol, he's fantastic.
"We're in the team now, and hopefully we'll get another chance to play at West Brom," Taylor added. "We've just got to take it game by game."
Taylor's previous appearance had come against West Brom in January and while both sides went on to win promotion from the Championship, the centre-half has been sidelined with knee and shoulder problems.
The former England Under 21 captain has had to wait for his chance since proving his fitness in Peter Beardsley's reserve team and admits it was nerve-wracking to come up against Didier Drogba on his first-team return.
"The nerves were kicking in before the game - it was a massive match for us," he said.
"But once I was out there and warming up, the nerves went. When the whistle went, I was straight back into it.
"I won my first header against Drogba and felt good. We could have won the game, but in many ways, it couldn't have gone better.
"We came through it with no injuries and got a great point. The lads were fantastic."