Joleon Lescott recognises that he will not play every game this season, but was delighted to come back into the Manchester City team on Sunday and score in the draw with Arsenal.
Lescott was surprisingly left on the substitutes' bench for the UEFA Champions League clash with Real Madrid last week as Roberto Mancini opted to partner Serbian teenager Matija Nastasic with Vincent Kompany in defence.
He accepts that rotation is part of the game at a club like City and he can understand why managers do it to keep their players fresh.
"The gaffer made it clear that everyone's got a part to play this season, and it was the same last year," said the centre-back.
"It worked for us last year and we need to stay focused on the job, and that's to go into every game to win."
Lescott was restored to the starting line-up against the Gunners and broke the deadlock for City, before Laurent Koscielny's strike left the final score at 1-1.
The England international says dropping points at home so early in the season is a blow but he believes City deserve credit for digging in.
He told the club's official website: "We probably didn't get going as much as we'd like but we showed another side of our game is resilience and unfortunately for us we conceded late on.
"We didn't get in a rhythm for long enough. Arsenal made it hard for us at times and they're a good team, so it's not a negative result but we're used to winning at home and we're bitterly disappointed to concede."
The defender headed in David Silva's corner in the 40th minute for his first goal for City since February, and said: "It's always nice to score goals and it would have been extra special to have won it 1-0 having scored and keeping our first clean sheet, but it wasn't to be."