Bolton defender Gary Cahill was delighted to finally show former club Aston Villa what they are missing.
Former Villa boss Martin O'Neill allowed the 25-year-old to depart the Midlands club for Bolton in a £5million deal back in 2008.
Ahead of Saturday's clash Cahill had played five times against his old club with disappointing results, drawing one, losing four and conceding 15 goals.
But the England centre-half redeemed himself at the Reebok Stadium, scoring two goals in a man-of-the-match winning performance to inspire a 3-2 Trotters victory.
He told The Sun: "I was keen to prove a point because the last few times I've played against them I've had absolute stinkers! So the tide had to turn for me.
"In the away game last season we lost 5-1 and it was probably my worst performance as a professional. To do it at Villa Park was a big blow.
"So I really did feel I had something to prove. When you get a little knockback in your career, it gives you something to strive for.
"In the back of your mind you're always thinking 'I'll show you'.
"I know now that me leaving was the best thing. Martin O'Neill let me go and he obviously felt that was the right thing at the time. But you go on and want to prove people wrong."
Saturday's victory saw Bolton retain seventh spot in the Premier League as they push for a European place this season, while an FA Cup quarter-final clash with Birmingham beckons at the weekend.
And Cahill admits he is already dreaming of Wembley, adding: "We've got a great tie to look forward to in the FA Cup at Birmingham.
"If we beat them, we go to Wembley for the semi-final and we'll go there full of confidence on the back of this. But we're going well in the league as well."