Darren Bent hopes he has made a point to Paul Lambert after coming off the bench to grab the equaliser in Villa's 1-1 draw with West Brom.
The former Sunderland striker watched from the sidelines as Shane Long put the Baggies ahead before emerging with 20 minutes remaining to score a late equaliser at Villa Park.
Bent has endured a difficult fortnight, first losing the Villa captaincy to defender Ron Vlaar before being left on the bench as the Villains eliminated Manchester City from the Capital One Cup in midweek.
"Obviously it would have been nice to play from the start but I managed to score the goal to get a point," he told Sky Sports.
"It's obviously been a difficult couple of weeks, losing the captaincy first off then finding out I wasn't playing today.
"But we battled all the way through and we got the point.
"The start of the season's been up and down, obviously we had a good result against Swansea but then we got beaten 4-1 by Southampton before getting a great result against Manchester City.
"Today we showed signs that we are heading in the right direction and we've all got faith in the manager."
Bent also remains optimistic that his goalscoring exploits will convince Roy Hodgson to recall him into the England set-up.
"All I can do is keep playing well for Villa and keep scoring the goals, then hopefully I'll be in the squad," he added