Darren Bent felt he had made a a point to manager Paul Lambert after coming off the bench to grab the equaliser in Aston Villa's 1-1 draw with West Brom.
The former Sunderland striker stepped off the bench to cancel out Shane Long's opener with a typically predatory finish.
He told Sky Sports: "Obviously it would have been nice to play from the start but I managed to score the goal to get a point.
"It's obviously been a difficult couple of weeks, losing the captaincy first off then finding out I wasn't playing today. But we battled all the way through and we got the point.
"The start of the season's been up and down, obviously we had a good result against Swansea but then we got beaten 4-1 by Southampton before getting a great result against Manchester City.
"Today we showed signs that we are heading in the right direction and we've all got faith in the manager.
"All I can do is keep playing well for Villa and keep scoring the goals, then hopefully I'll be in the squad."