David Dunn is desperate to play a major role in keeping Birmingham in The Premiership.
City face rivals West Bromwich Albion in a massive relegation clash on Saturday, and although the outcome will not decide who could go down - it is sure to have a huge bearing on the rest of the season.
"I'm sure that people would prefer us not to be in the position we're in, but I can't wait to play my part in keeping us up," said Dunn - who is hopeful he has finally shaken off his long-term injury woes which have dogged his Birmingham career.
"We are striving for that 17th place and this game is the old cliche - a six-pointer. I've never played in one quite like it. It won't decide anything, but if we were to get out of the bottom three it would be a great boost for us. We've been down there so long.
"It has looked like it will be between us and West Brom for a couple of weeks now. When Middlesbrough beat Chelsea, that basically left the four teams down there at the bottom.
"Psychologically, it would be terrible if we lost, but having said that, football throws surprises at you. If we did get beaten, who is to say we can't go and get positive results against Chelsea and Manchester United? Sometimes it happens that way.
"It's just a matter of my match-fitness now. I played for an hour at Middlesbrough last Saturday and an hour in the reserves before that. I'm confident I can go out and do 90 now.
"There's nothing to say I won't pull my hamstring again. If there were, everyone would have the operation. But I'm feeling good and I want to repay the club's faith in me. I feel that I owe them a lot because they have certainly stuck by me.
"My basic fitness is good. We had some tests at the club the other day and they showed I was fine.
"I'm pretty muscular and explosive. Maybe I shouldn't play at such a high tempo all the time and take my foot off the gas.
"But it's because of my eagerness to get the ball; my desire to win."
Dunn is desperate to avoid relegation for the second time in his career, after he went down with Blackburn in 1999.
"If we get through this season, I think we can surprise a few people next time," he told The Independent.
"Fitness-wise, I don't think I'll be really bang-on until next season. I missed pre-season and I've had a few injuries. But I think next season will be a big one for me.
"I've got some goals I'm keeping to myself, but I do want to get back in the England set-up. If I stay fit and work harder than ever, maybe I can push my way back in over the next year or two."
Dunn has been linked with a possible return to Ewood Park in the summer and he admits he still is a fan - but is not necessarily destined to return.
"At the time I left, it was the right thing to do," Dunn insisted.
"Everybody knows I'll always be a Blackburn fan, and I'm pleased that they are doing well under Mark Hughes. But it doesn't mean I've always got to play my football for the club. I'm glad I came to Birmingham."