Sunderland striker Connor Wickham says he has nothing to prove as he begins to find his form in time to boost the club's survival bid.
Wickham scored twice in the 4-0 thrashing of fellow-strugglers Cardiff on Sunday, a result that lifts them out of the relegation zone.
The 21-year-old has been out on loan at Championship clubs Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds this season but has broken back into the Sunderland team as they look to secure their Premier League status.
Wickham struggled during his spell at Elland Road but he has scored five league goals in six starts, all of them in the last three games, and he insists he bears no grudges for his limited opportunities at the Stadium of Light.
"I played numerous games at Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds - I didn't manage to score at Leeds," he said.
"At Wednesday, I was in the same form and it's been recognised for me just to come back in time, score some goals and just to show the manager I have got what it takes.
"But I am not going to dwell on the past, I am not going to hold any grudges.
"I am here now, I am scoring goals and we are moving up the table, so myself and the rest of the team are really happy."
Sunderland travel to Old Trafford on Saturday looking for their first win away to Manchester United since 1968.
Home games against West Brom and Swansea then round off the season and Wickham believes the mood in the camp is positive as they hit form at a crucial period of the campaign.
"It's not about me personally, it's about the team. We are going to go into every game positive that we can win," he added.
"We have gone to City and we have taken a point; we have gone to Chelsea and we have taken three points.
"We are on a high, so we just need to remain calm and do our thing."