Sam Dickinson's dream return from injury landed him the man-of-the-match award on debut for Northampton Saints against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.
It was Dickinson's first run for the Saints as he has been recovering from a broken arm since he signed for the club in 2012, but he was not surprised by his strong performance.
"The support I've had has been absolutely brilliant," the former Rotherham captain told BBC Radio Northampton .
"I have things to work on [to see] if I can come up another level."
A lengthy spell on the sidelines gave Dickinson a hunger to succeed on debut.
"This has been a while coming for me," he said.
Northampton skipper Dylan Hartley was understandably pleased with his side's start to the campaign, but gave Dickinson a special a mention.
"It was the perfect start," Hartley told the BBC.
"There was a lot of talk about the headliners, Alex Corbisiero and George North. But Sam [has come] from the Championship and he has been here a year, been in rehab and he's come back and pulled out a performance like that.
"We can't rely on the big signings all year, it's a squad game, so really happy with that."
Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder was also very happy for Dickinson, as there are quality players such as Samu Manoa and GJ van Velze who are pushing for a place in the starting XV.
"We've talked for a long time about having a squad that is strong enough to go and challenge for top honours," he said to the BBC.
"We've been developing that, particularly in the forwards, and we've got a lot of talented players. We need to keep them all hungry."