Sunderland defender Jack Baldwin has been a regular starter this campaign at the Stadium of Light, but his inconsistent form saw manager Jack Ross leave him out for the last few league games.
The 25-year-old was recalled on Tuesday night against promotion rivals Barnsley and he managed to recapture his best form in a revival that could save his season on an individual note.
The Black Cats drew 0-0 away to second-placed Barnsley, who are just a place and four point above them in the League One table.
In difficult windy conditions, the centre-back stood firm at the back and showed the kind of resilience that must have delighted his manager.
Baldwin proved himself on the road against a main rival and deserves a shot now permanently back in the XI after his mini absence.
The English defender has made some individual errors this term that have clouded his first season with the club, but if he can get that out he can be a key asset for Ross.
He was strong in the air and on the ball against Barnsley, which is why he should keep his spot for the home fixture against Walsall at the weekend.
Sunderland are now entering a key period where they try force their way into the automatic promotion spots and need to find consistency in the back four, which is why Baldwin should get a second chance.