Scharner was more surprised to make the starting line-up against Wanderers having just returned from playing every minute of Austria's final two Euro 2012 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan in the last fortnight.
But he admitted the break away from The Hawthorns had done him the power of good psychologically.
"I played in both international games and played all 180 minutes so I was mentally away from West Bromwich and I think that has helped," he told the WBA website.
"I didn't have to think about the West Brom situation over ten days and that helped a little bit.
"Every player knows how it feels to get out of the mood.
"There are no players here that don't want to play or not be in the team.
"The head coach told me I was quite close to the starting line-up so I kept my professionalism, trained very hard, and I knew there would be another chance.
"I felt like a little kid, it was exciting to be in the starting XI.
"I think I took my chance.
"It was a hard, tough game but in the end I think we deserved to win."