Danny Guthrie has insisted his bust-up with Reading manager Brian McDermott is in the past as he looks to help the Royals stay in the Premier League.
The midfielder was fined two weeks' wages after he refused to travel to Sunderland last month, but he has since apologised to McDermott and his team-mates.
Guthrie has made only five starts prior to the trip to Sunderland, but he has featured in Reading's last seven games and he started the weekend victory over his former club Newcastle.
"I'm really enjoying it and whatever has gone on in the past is clearly out of the window," Guthrie said. "I felt like I owed everyone not just a performance, but a bit of form to get us out of the hole we were in.
"I feel like I'm slowly doing that. I'm getting stronger in each game, and I got stronger as the game went on at Newcastle.
"To put back-to-back wins together in this league is tough - especially in the position we're in. It's massive."
Reading play Sheffield United in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday as they bid for a fifth win in six games, and Guthrie added: "I was told that this club always gets stronger after Christmas and we've certainly done that.
"This is just the start of a run of games we need to put together. By no means are we out of trouble, but we're just looking at it game by game and it's a nice position that we've put ourselves in."