Dickson Etuhu hopes Saturday's goal against Wigan can kick-start his Sunderland career.
The Nigerian midfielder marked his return from the Africa Cup of Nations with Sunderland's first goal in the Stadium of Light victory over relegation rivals Wigan.
Etuhu's time in the North East has been mixed, with several all-action displays being undermined by less successful outings.
"I've not really got off to the start I wanted at Sunderland but hopefully things will start going for me but more importantly for the club," he told the Sunderland Echo.
"I was pleased to get off the mark but my celebration was more about us being 1-0 than because I scored it.
"I would like to think this is the start of some goalscoring form from me because I scored goals at Preston and Norwich."
The former Preston and Norwich man is determined to build on Saturday's display but concedes no-one in the Sunderland dressing room is getting carried away.
"The game was a scrap, but you always get that against Wigan because they knock it long and make it difficult," he added.
"I honestly don't think about the table, no matter how far we've pulled away from the bottom three. If we lose two games we're back in it, so we're not getting excited about the situation.
"All we will think about now is Portsmouth. We've not been getting the points or breaks away from home, but it will happen soon and hopefully it will be against Portsmouth."