Fortune has fought his way back into Hodgson's plans, starting the last five games, including Sunday's 5-1 demolition of Wolves at Molineux.
Hodgson said: "He looks a different player. He continued to work hard and fight even through the lean moments where he was sometimes not even on the bench.
"I've admired him for that. A little bit of confidence could be the reason for things looking up and his loan spell at Doncaster helped him a little bit as well.
"All those factors play a part and against Wolves on Sunday I thought he was very good."