Kenwyne Jones was delighted to be back in goalscoring form for Stoke against Maccabi Haifa after recovering from a hamstring injury.
The Trinidad and Tobago striker had been out since September 20th when he picked up the injury against Spurs in the Carling Cup.
But he showed that he was again approaching his best form as he powered home a header to give the Potters the platform for their 3-0 win.
"I'm happy to be back out there for my first game," he told The Sentinel.
"I'm happy to get the goal, but playing the 90 minutes is the most important thing. It was important to get used to playing a full game again after what was a serious injury.
"It was a grade two tear and it was the first-ever hamstring injury I've had. I'm fine at the moment and I am happy for that."
Cameron Jerome was also on target for the Potters but he was controversially dismissed after he picked up a second yellow card for allegedly using his arm against Maccabi left-back Yoav Ziv.
But Jones was more than sympathetic with his fellow strike partner.
"I don't think it was a sending off, but we abide by the rules of Europe," he added.
"I'm gutted for him, but we are thankful for the contribution he made when he was on the pitch."