David Beckham's comeback goal against Real Sociedad looks likely to be good enough to see him retain his place in Real Madrid's starting XI.
On Saturday evening Beckham played his first game for Real since announcing he was to quit the Spanish capital for America in the summer.
His decision left Fabio Capello to rule that the England outcast had played his last game in Real colours, but following the club's recent slump, the Italian tactician relented and selected the 31-year-old crowd favourite.
Beckham responded in the perfect fashion in getting his side back into a contest they were struggling with, in dispatching a trademark free-kick in the much needed 2-1 victory.
In his post-match appraisal Capello conceded he was delighted with the contribution of his returning star, which can only bode well for Beckham between now and the season's close.
"Over the last few weeks, he has trained well and today he played a great match," said Capello.
"Beckham is a player who is very well integrated in the squad and we're all very happy with him. I like to look ahead to the future instead of back to the past.
"I spoke with Beckham twice last week and only we know what we said to each other.
"Regarding my comment about his free-kick efficiency, I said that he had not scored many set-piece goals up to this point. However, he scored an essential goal for us.
"I have always said the same thing in my press conferences. I will repeat it again. Beckham is an intelligent person and he has always displayed a commendable attitude."
Beckham's team-mate Iker Casillas was equally gushing about the performance of a player who remains a popular figure in the Real dressing room.
Casillas said: "This game was very special for Beckham. He wanted to prove himself and we're all delighted because it was good for him and for the team."