Mark Cullen expressed his delight at ending a seven-month injury absence with a late substitute appearance for Blackpool at Oldham Athletic.
The striker, who has been blighted by a hamstring problem ever since picking up the initial injury against Doncaster Rovers in August, was introduced in the 87th minute as The Seasiders chased an equaliser.
“It was a bit surreal, really, to be back involved after seven months out. It’s a long time, and to get back out on the pitch is what I’ve been thinking about and trying to get towards ever since I got injured,” Cullen said.
“To finally get back out there was great for me, personally. I’ll have another week of training this week now and look forward to the weekend.”
The return of the 25-year-old is a major boost for the side, given that he finished the club’s joint top-scorer last season and top scorer the season before.
Six games of the campaign remain and Blackpool must get back to winning ways in order to secure their divisional status in Sky Bet League One.
“We’re more than capable of putting a good run together to push us well clear of it. We’ve got to keep doing our jobs every day and come game day be on it and try and get the three points,” Cullen added.