Peter Lovenkrands hopes his Carling Cup brace will give Newcastle boss Alan Pardew a timely reminder of his goalscoring ability.
The Dane looked on as the club searched for a long-term replacement for Andy Carroll in the summer, while Leon Best has led the line in the Premier League so far this season.
However, the 31-year-old got his chance at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night and twice put the Magpies ahead with his first goals of the season to pave the way for a hard-fought 4-3 extra-time victory.
The Denmark international said: "I came in up front and scored two goals, so it kind of proves a point that I'm ready if needed.
"That was really my goal - to try to prove that I'm ready to play if they need me.
"A lot of people are saying, 'We need strikers, we need strikers', but I scored two and we scored two more from defenders afterwards, so we can score goals pretty much all over the pitch and we showed that.
"We probably should have done a wee bit better defensively, but that's down to us all from the front to the back."
Tuesday night's tie looked to be heading for penalties after Forest came from behind three times, but skipper Fabricio Coloccini headed home in extra-time to send Newcastle into the last 16.
Lovenkrands added: "We went ahead three times and they kept coming back.
"We kept giving silly goals away with unnecessary things, but it showed the spirit of the young boys out there on the pitch that every time they came back at us, we kept fighting, and in the end, Colo came up with another goal."