Norwich defender Michael Turner believes his fine performance in the 1-0 victory over Arsenal will help silence the doubters at Carrow Road.
The 28-year-old former Hull and Sunderland centre-back has struggled for consistency since signing for City in the summer but he is now hoping to put that rocky period behind him.
Turner said: "It has been a bit of a sticky start. It has been frustrating, but to get that win was key for my confidence and that of the whole place.
"You just have to work hard. I got my chance on Saturday and it was a great performance from the whole team. There are going to be tough times during the campaign. It's important when you have setbacks that you bounce back.
"There were a few doubters after the first few games and I was disappointed with my performances. But you just have to deal with it. If I get a run in the team then the fans will see I can put in consistent performances.
"I have worked hard in training and just got on with it and beating a top team like Arsenal made it all the more special."
City manager Chris Hughton said: "It has been a difficult start for him. He has been in and out of the team and in Michael's defence he had a disrupted pre-season.
"He had been used to playing games but we have competition. I am pleased for him because he is an experienced player who has played a lot of Premier League games."
Norwich will now come up against former boss Paul Lambert on Saturday when they travel to Aston Villa.
Turner said: "We have not talked about it too much but it adds extra spice to the game that Paul Lambert was here last year.
"He will know all the players individually and will be relaying that to his team but I am sure some of our boys know what style he plays. It makes it a bit more intriguing that we are playing against the old manager.
"But we won't be distracted in any way. A lot will be made in the media about the Paul Lambert thing but we just want to get points on the board. It's important that we build on the good win we had last week."