He made an instant impact for the Tangerines with two goals on his debut for Ian Holloway's promoted side in a stunning opening day 4-0 win at Wigan.
It was a sweet moment for the player who spent most of his time in Aston Villa's reserves following a £4million move from West Ham in July 2007.
"It was tough for me at Villa because I wasn't playing. That was my down and now I am trying to get back to up. This is my time to try to rectify things."