Pennant says he was prepared to push Robert Huth and Glenn Whelan out of the way to sink the free-kick which earned Stoke three points at West Ham.
"I'm delighted for the team and the fans. It's great to help in any way possible … and as soon as that free-kick was given there was no-one else taking it apart from me," he told The Sentinel.
"When it left my boot I knew it was in. Sometimes you can tell. I connected with it well and it was nice to see the net ripple.
"It's a fresh start for me and, to be honest, I think it's a fresh start for everyone. It's a chance for everyone to enjoy their football and I'm certainly doing that.
"Three games are gone now and as more go by hopefully I can put myself right in the frame for selection. The Premier League hasn't seen the best from me, not yet."
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