Paul Robinson was delighted to be back on the Tottenham side and help them to Carling Cup glory.
After being dropped earlier this year, Robinson returned to the Juande Ramos' starting line-up for their midweek Uefa Cup clash with Slavia Prague.
Robinson maintained his place for the Football League showpiece and helped Spurs to their 2-1 victory with a couple of crucial saves.
"I've been out of the team for a while and it's been difficult for me. Obviously it's not easy for any professional to not be playing," Robinson said.
"But I've been professional and worked hard. I've been through some bad times but they have made me appreciate this even more.
"I didn't think I'd be in this situation celebrating winning a trophy. I'm delighted to be back in the team and playing again."
Robinson admits Ramos has something of 'Midas' touch with trophies after claiming his fifth piece of silverware in less than two years.
"He's got the Midas touch in the cups. The way he has organised the team has been brilliant," Robinson added.
"I really hope this can move us up to the next level. This was about fulfilling potential. We've showed what we can do."