Jack Redshaw was pleased to step up his return from long-term injury with 45 minutes against Wycombe Wanderers last night.
The forward was introduced as a half-time substitute in the Checkatrade Trophy tie, having made his initial comeback appearance for 20 minutes in the previous round.
It marks steady progress for the 26-year-old, who has been blighted by shin splints since arriving from Morecambe in July 2015.
"It was a good game to come in and play, I obviously need the minutes with being out for so long injured, but I felt quite sharp," Redshaw admitted.
"I didn't feel too bad fitness-wise because I've been doing a lot of training recently. I played in the last round against Doncaster so I got some minutes then and again last night."
Despite scoring five goals last season, the diminutive attacker often played through the pain barrier, so this time around it's been a case of fully rectifying the issue and taking things gradually.
"We've taken it slowly because of the length of time I've spent out, obviously I struggled with the same injury last season but played through it. Phil (the physio) has been great with us and looked after us as much as he can. Hopefully I can put that behind me now because I just want to play football."
As for last night's match, it was the visitors who progressed on penalties after pegging back The Seasiders to draw 1-1 in normal time.
"It was a tough game against tough opposition. I thought the lads dug deep but they obviously scored late on and penalty shoot-outs are a bit of a lottery that can go any way," Redshaw added.