Sunderland defender Bryan Oviedo started a game for the first time since December in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Burton Albion.
The Costa Rican has been forced to wait patiently for a chance after a move to West Brom fell through on deadline day in January.
Oviedo has since suffered a string of niggling injuries; twice to his calf and once to his knee.
The 29-year-old had an impact from the bench in Saturday’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Rochdale.
Such was his display, boss Jack Ross opted to deploy him from the start last night and he didn’t disappoint.
The ex-Everton man played the full 90 minutes as the Black Cats entered the automatic promotion spots in League One.
Jack Baldwin’s goal cancelled out Lewis Morgan’s 19th-minute own goal which saw Sunderland trail.
Oviedo is still one of the higher earners at the Stadium of Light. According to Silly Season, he earns £25k-a-week at the club.
Whilst he is playing well though, Ross or the supporters won’t mind one bit.
The club’s army of fans were certainly satisfied with Oviedo last night and took to Twitter to offer their congratulations.
We rounded up the best very best tweets regarding the performance of the former Premier League man.
— Stephanie Harkin (@StephHark12) April 9, 2019
@Bryan_Oviedo best player on the pitch today
— Stephen (@stephenpescod44) April 9, 2019
6 cup finals to go Bryan. Nice words Bryan. Thanks Bryan
— JB (@JoshB_95) April 9, 2019
Excellent performance tonight
— Chriss (@cgot2havitnow) April 9, 2019
Outstanding performance tonight fella 👍 …. you can only play like that if you're heart is in it …. thank you Bryan Oviedo – "True Professional"
— 10onegaryrowell (@10onegaryrowel1) April 10, 2019
A great performance tonight Bryan and well deserved Man of the Match. Onwards and upwards
— Ann Coldwell (@ColdwellAnn) April 9, 2019
Best player on the pitch!
— Chadd Pearson (@chaddkane13) April 9, 2019
@Bryan_Oviedo Thank you for your unwavering loyalty you are the epitome of a professional footballer 🔴⚪️🔴⚪️🔴⚪️🔴⚪️
— Nick Keenan (@nicosafc) April 9, 2019
— ® Gorman Stewart ©️ (@1879SAFC) April 9, 2019
Love you Bryan❤️
— Joseph Sleightholme (@jpsleightholme7) April 9, 2019