Brad Barritt says it is "fantastic" to be back in action for Saracens as he looks to reclaim his England spot for the RBS Six Nations.
The centre missed all of missed England's autumn campaign after suffering an ankle injury in September which subsequently required surgery.
But on Saturday he played a starring role on his first start for four months as Saracens reclaimed Aviva Premiership top spot from Northampton after a 29-8 demolition of Gloucester at Kingsholm.
Barritt and Northampton's Luther Burrell are the two players expected to battle it out for one centre berth alongside Billy Twelvetrees ahead of England's Six Nations opener against France on February
"I am delighted. It is fantastic to be back," Barritt said. "I am very grateful to the Saracens strength and conditioning department and physio department for working tirelessly to get me back and have me in good shape to hit the ground running.
"I was fortunate enough to go in (to the England camp) for a couple of days during the autumn. I popped in every Monday to keep in touch and chat about a few things. I have been well connected."
Barritt's assured display was typical of a Saracens side which has collected 50 points from just 12 league games, and who now head to Heineken Cup rivals Toulouse next weekend with hopes of securing a famous win.
Barritt added: "To be part of a great performance like that was very special. Contributing to a good performance and a great away win for Saracens is what's important. We will now look to take the next step forward next week with a huge game away against Toulouse.
"We've made massive strides forward at Saracens in combining all phases of the game, and the small tweaks we have made to our attacking framework is paying dividends. Our play is a lot more tempo-based now.
"We scored three great tries, and there could have been a couple more had things gone a bit differently.
"This team is obviously very positive, playing some fantastic rugby, and we just want to keep that winning momentum up."