Leicester skipper Matt Mills has paid tribute to centre-half partner Sean St Ledger after seeing him return to the Foxes side in style on Tuesday night.
St Ledger was paired alongside former Reading man Mills for a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup third round replay, only weeks after being transfer listed by Foxes manager Nigel Pearson.
And with his potential switch to Championship club Ipswich seemingly on hold, the 27-year-old Irishman successfully marshalled the Leicester backline to add the gloss of a clean sheet to a dynamic attacking display, which saw Jermaine Beckford bag a hat-trick.
Mills said: "Credit to Sean, he was left out in the cold a little bit and he's come in and put on a great performance. I'm sure he'll be a lot happier driving home than he has been in the last few weeks.
"I think as players we need to look at the things we did well. As a collective group it's probably the best we've played, and it's time now for us players to get together and push on for the rest of the season.
"There's no point talking about what's been and gone, there are still a lot of points to play for and hopefully we'll be where we want to become the end of the season."