Everton manager David Moyes was delighted to see striker Yakubu net his first goal of the season, a strike which clinched a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City.
The 27-year-old Nigeria international has struggled for form so far this term, but showed his finishing ability by rifling in the only goal of the game midway through the second half at Goodison Park.
Moyes told the Daily Post: "It is great for Yak to get the goal. If you work hard I think the supporters appreciate you and your team-mates appreciate you.
"I think Yak has certainly improved his work and he is starting to feel more confident himself. It would be great if we could get back the old Yakubu.
"He is certainly getting much more like it and I think you can sense the crowd feel that way. I thought he held the ball up well, brought people into the game.
"He had a chance in the first half and I am sure he will be disappointed he didn't do better.
"You need your strikers to do something. Top clubs have strikers who do things to win games - Rooney, Drogba, Torres.
"We needed someone to do something and it was Yak skipping past a defender and rifling one home."