Birmingham's two-goal hero Kevin Phillips still has plenty of confidence in his own ability but knew he just had to bide his time before being given another opportunity.
The striker was the hero for the Blues on Sunday, scoring two late goals after coming on as a sub to down Wolves at St Andrews and hopes his performance will allow him more game time under manager Alex McLeish for the remainder of the season.
"I think I showed I still have a bit left in me. People write you off over 30 but I am 36 now and I think I showed I can still do a job," he told Sky Sports.
"It is just nice to get on the pitch. I have not had much game time lately.
"I said to myself I would have to be patient this year. I knew I would get my chance. You have to be mentally strong. You have to keep believing you will get your chance.
"It is a short career and I know I am not too far away from retiring.
"I want to play for as long as I possibly can at the highest level and moments like today make me want to play for longer."