Matt Jackson is delighted Lee McCulloch did not leave Wigan during the January transfer window.
Rangers saw a £750,000 bid for McCulloch turned down by The Latics, with Paul Jewell determined to keep hold of the midfielder.
Walter Smith is tipped to revive his bid for the Scotland international in the summer after missing out last month.
But for now Jackson is happy to still have McCulloch around as Wigan try to pull away from the relegation zone in the Premiership.
"Lee scored the winner against Portsmouth and it was great to hear fans singing his name," Jackson told the Manchester Evening News.
"Many players can often be misunderstood, particularly when speculation is flying about, and Lee has found the situation difficult.
"We all know the transfer window system can bring pressures but the secret is to keep going and work the best you can and this is what Lee has been doing."
Meanwhile, striker Henri Camara is back in light training after being sidelined by a knee injury since December.
The Senegal international damaged medial ligaments against Sheffield United but after over six weeks out is now eyeing a swift return to action.