Rangers' Ian Murray insists he could not have asked for a better start to 2007 after making his first appearance of the season.
Murray was struck down with reactive arthritis - a condition which causes painful inflammation of the joints - in the summer and has spent the last six months battling back to fitness.
The 25-year-old utility man now hopes to have a lengthy run in the first team after coming through the 1-0 win at Motherwell unscathed on Tuesday.
His comeback may have been overshadowed by the news that Barry Ferguson had been dropped from the side and stripped of the captaincy but for Murray it was a moment to remember.
"It was a good start to the new year for myself getting back in the team so hopefully it can carry on from there," he told the club's website.
"Motherwell away is always a hard game and coming back after so long out made it even harder for me."
While Ferguson's Rangers career under manager Paul Le Guen could be coming to an end, Murray's is just beginning and he is happy to be finally in a position where he can force himself into the manager's plans.
"It was just good to play my first match under Paul Le Guen," he added.
"My last competitive game was last season against Hearts at Ibrox so it was good to finally play for the new manager."
The victory at Fir Park allowed Rangers to move into second place in the SPL and ahead of closest rivals Aberdeen and Hearts.
Murray was pleased to be involved in the win as the Gers chase a Champions League spot this season.
"I feel a bit tired which I think is normal but apart from that I feel okay," he said.
"It was great just to be a part of it all and back among the boys in the dressing room.
"The previous few results for the team hadn't been great so it was vital we got a win and it was good to play my part."