Billy Jones insists he aims to become a regular starter for West Brom following his man of the match display in the Boxing Day goalless draw against Premier League leaders Manchester City.
The defender stepped into his accustomed right-back role after Steven Reid was ruled out for a month following a knee operation.
And now the 24-year-old hopes to continue showing the kind of form he did against the Blues at The Hawthorns in order to keep his place in the side.
"My aim is to stay in the team," he told the club's official website.
"Reidy is injured at the moment, Gonzo (Gonzalo Jara) has come back and there is competition for places, which is always healthy within the club.
"It makes players play better and improves performances.
"Personally I just hope I can play like I did on Boxing Day and maybe improve again on my performances and get some good team results.
"As a team we just want to get to the 40-point mark as soon as we can and then see how we can do.
"Last season the team for to the 40-point mark and went onto finish 11th. That's what we want to do this season."
The Baggies extended their unbeaten run to three games, although their home form is a concern after recording just two wins this season, but Jones believes the wins will start coming.
"The gaffer has talked about how the squad is stronger," he added.
"Regarding team spirit, everyone gets on well and everyone is willing to work hard for each other.
"I think that was proved on Boxing Day, with all the graft the lads put in.
"If we can work like that as a team every week, I think individual brilliance up front and creativity in midfield will lead us to winning more games than we lose."