Jonathan Spector was delighted to open his scoring account against Manchester United and end a period of frustration at West Ham.
The USA international, who features primarily as a defender, has recently seen his playing time restricted at Upton Park, but was handed a chance in midfield by Hammers boss Avram Grant on Tuesday.
Former Manchester United man Spector made sure he repaid the manager's faith as he notched a first-half double to contribute to a 4-0 Carling Cup triumph.
And the 24-year-old, who arrived at West Ham from Old Trafford four years ago, relished playing in more of an attacking role.
"Playing in a different position helped, I was able to get forward a bit more," Spector told Sky Sports 1.
"It's been disappointing and frustrating, but I've been working hard and just hoped for the best.
"I think we went out there and decided we were going to work hard and give it a go.
"I think we were probably the underdogs going into this game, but we knew if we worked hard and stuck together we could get a result, and that's what happened."
The result sees the Hammers advance to the cup semi-finals, but Spector insists his side are not getting carried away.
He added: "That's the goal from the start, but we have to take it a goal at a time. I know it's cliché, but that's the way it is."
Carlton Cole, meanwhile, who netted West Ham's other two goals, hopes the win is the beginning of more good things to come after a disappointing start to the Premier League season.
Up and running
"Obviously it's nice to get up and running now," said Cole.
"All credit to the lads because they put their foot in where it hurts. Everyone is pulling in the same direction and that's all we can ask for really.
"I think the win at the weekend (over Wigan) was massive for us. Everyone was saying that was a 'save our season' match and we followed it up, three days later, with a win against Manchester United.
"It's a massive positive for us and we just need to keep on building and try and progress with this victory."