Patient Newcastle midfielder Danny Guthrie admits he has been forced to adapt his game to grasp his chance in Alan Pardew's high-flying team.
The 24-year-old made his first Premier League start for six months in the recent win over Stoke after the influential Cheick Tiote was ruled out with a knee injury.
Guthrie impressed alongside Yohan Cabaye in the heart of Newcastle's midfield and also capably deputised for the Ivorian again in Saturday's 2-1 win over Everton at St James' Park.
But he said: "It wasn't easy coming in to replace Cheick because we're totally different players.
"We knew I was not going to be a direct replacement for him, but I had to adapt my game a little bit.
"Playing with Yohan, who plays a bit more forward than Cheick, I've had to sit a bit deeper than I'm used to."
Third-placed Newcastle have been the top flight's surprise package after making an unbeaten start to the new season.
But the Magpies' 11-game run will be put on the line when they visit leaders Manchester City a week on Saturday in their toughest test yet.
Guthrie said: "We lost a lot of big players and big personalities out of the dressing room, but we seem stronger for it.
"Obviously confidence plays a massive role in football and we've managed to make our own confidence this season.
"Everyone can't wait to get into the next game."