Recalled Leeds United defender Alex Bruce is hoping to revive his season following the appointment of new manager Neil Warnock.
Bruce had fallen down the pecking order this term under former manager Simon Grayson, who was succeeded by Warnock on Saturday following his sacking at the beginning of the month.
The defender started Leeds' 3-2 comeback victory over Doncaster on Saturday to mark just his second appearance for the Whites this season, having spent a short loan stint at neighbours Huddersfield in December.
The 27-year-old hopes the arrival of Warnock can reignite his campaign after enduring a frustrating start.
He told Leeds' official website: "This has been the most frustrating time of my career.
"I've always played the majority of games in a season, but this season it hasn't gone my way.
"I think when you ask footballers they always have spells like this in your career and you have to batten down the hatches and stay mentally strong.
"Hopefully now I can get my season up and running and play a part."
Warnock met his new side ahead of Saturday's derby win and spoke to them at half-time as the Whites came back from 2-0 down to triumph.
Bruce hopes that victory can provide the foundation for a late promotion push under their new manager.
"He spoke to us and his know-how of the game rubs off on you straight away," added the stopper.
"He has a good way of putting things across and you knowing what your job is.
"I think he was pleased with the character we showed. It wasn't the easiest, it was a bit bobbly, the atmosphere was nervy at times, but towards the end when this great support got behind us we showed what we can do and the winning goal epitomised the last 15 or 20 minutes for us.
"A lot happened in the 12 hours before the game. It takes a bit of time to sink in, but Saturday was great to get the result and was a good foundation. Everyone in football knows what he's all about and his reputation in football speaks for itself.
"I think it's a great appointment by the club and hopefully we can push forward and get this club back where it belongs, which is the Premier League."