Peter Odemwingie is pleased to have repaid the faith in him after netting the late winner for West Brom at Blackburn.
The Nigeria hitman was last season's 15-goal top scorer for the Baggies but has only notched three times so far in an injury-hit campaign.
Saturday's winner at Ewood Park - his first goal since October - pushed the Baggies up to 13th in the table and Odemwingie was glad to have repaid the faith of boss Roy Hodgson and his team-mates.
He told the club's official website: "The gaffer put out his frustrations about my absence but I took the positives out of it and was hoping to get over the injuries and be back.
"I prefer that to him just saying 'he's injured' so they didn't need me much.
"So I see the positives. It wasn't easy but it's over now and I know I'm important to the team.
"When I was missing a few chances my team-mates were encouraging me and when I scored the goal they all came to me and said 'you deserve it'."
"If my team-mates come to me and say I deserved it, it's great because they saw how focused I was during the week."
Odemwingie added he would have taken a penalty at Ewood Park if one had been awarded.
"Before the game they were asking who was going to take a penalty and I said I wanted to take it.
"The confidence is there because of the 100 per cent focus I had throughout the week.
"I stood up and said I wanted to take the penalty and the gaffer said 'Okay, I don't want anyone fighting for the ball, go on Peter, take it'.
"I'm very happy about that."