Tim Cahill admitted his Everton comeback was close to perfection after almost eight months out through injury.
The Australia international scored one and had a hand in the second as the Toffees saw off Greek outfit Larissa 3-1 in their opening Uefa Cup Group A encounter at Goodison Park.
Midfielder Cahill suffered a metatarsal injury against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on 3rd March and then suffered a setback in an aborted comeback attempt against Werder Bremen in pre-season.
But after opening the scoring 14 minutes into his return with a superb header, Cahill was at the hub of many of Everton's best moves and had a hand in Leon Osman's marvellous second at the start of the second half.
He told Five: "I couldn't have written the script myself, but I'm just happy for the lads and happy for the fans. This is a big moment for Everton and it's a great start.
"It's been very tough. Everyone at the club has been working very hard for me and I can't thank them enough. It's just great to be back."
After such a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Cahill was brought off with 25 minutes remaining but reported no ill effects or pain in his foot.
He added: "It's feeling alright, it's taken a bit of adjusting, but I'm just happy for the lads."