Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland says he has been happy with his form so far this season.
The England international endured a frustrating season last term with thumb and shoulder injuries sidelining him for a number of months.
The former Liverpool and Coventry keeper is now hoping his injury problems are behind him and that he can enjoy an extended run in the side.
Happy"It's hard every time you have to come back from injury, but I'm happy at the moment," Kirkland told the Wigan Evening Post.
"I need a good run in the team. Last season, I played 27 games which wasn't too bad, and hopefully this time I can play all season.
"It helps there are two very good keepers pushing me for my place in Mike Pollitt and Carlo Nash.
"Everyone needs strong competition for their place, and I've certainly got that here.
"I know if I am not performing, I will be out of the team and replaced by one of the others."
Wigan face Fulham and Reading in their next two games and Kirkland believes they are vital clashes for the side.
"We've not had a bad start to the season - seven points from five games is okay," added Kirkland.
"On reflection, I think we were a bit lucky to get something at West Ham, but against Newcastle last time out it was a case of so near yet so far.
"The lads have been playing some good stuff, the new players have settled in well and hopefully there is a lot more to come from us.
"But Fulham and Reading are games we really have to try to win, before facing Liverpool and Manchester United.
"So it's the next two games which are massive for us - to me they are must-win matches."