James Collins believes Darren Bent can help Aston Villa have a much better campaign next season.
Bent took his tally to nine goals since an £18million January move from Sunderland with an early brace in the 2-1 Premier League win at Arsenal on Sunday.
Collins feels the striker has brought a much-needed quality to a Villa squad which has struggled for consistency, battling in the wrong half of the table.
"Everyone knows what Darren is about, he is going to score goals," said the defender.
"Look at his chances to goals scored record and he is right up there.
"Darren is somebody we needed in the team to score goals and he has brought that.
"We knew last season we needed someone who could get 10, 15, maybe even 20 goals a season.
"Next season hopefully we will have a full pre-season and kick on."
The win at Emirates Stadium meant there will be no possibility of Villa being dragged into the scrap for survival on the final day of what Collins accepts has been 'a very disappointing campaign'.
He said: "We shouldn't be anywhere near the bottom half of the league.
"But to put in a performance and get a win at the Emirates is massive, and we will take a lot of confidence out of it.
"We know we haven't been to the levels we were last season, but I think we showed signs of it again at Arsenal.
"We will take confidence out of this, we have a big game against Liverpool and hopefully that will help us next season."
Collins added: "We have a fantastic squad here, so obviously we would like to keep all of our best players and move on next season."
The centre-back has also called on his team-mates to stay focused ahead of next weekend's home match against Liverpool, when manager Gerard Houllier could make an appearance at the stadium following his recent health problems.
"The situation we were in we knew we had to concentrate on the games," he said.
"A lot of people behind the scenes are speaking to the manager and seeing how he is, so I'm sure Gary McAllister will let us know on what is going on."