Rico Henry paid tribute to Brentford's medical team after making his debut in the Bees' 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday.
The full back joined the club in the summer transfer window but needed surgery on a dislocated shoulder which kept him out of the side for six months.
But he made an impressive debut as Brentford claimed a richly deserved three points at Hillsborough.
“I'm pleased with my debut. I want to thank Rich Clark and the medical staff as they helped me really well with my recovery and the three points were vital,” he said.
“I was just trying to put as many crosses as I can in. I think we could have scored from them but the result is all that matters.”
He added: “I knew on Monday when we were doing shape. Gaffer (Dean Smith) called me and said I'm starting.”
The Bees had to fight to get three points and it was a performance full of resilience and defiance as the Owls laid siege on the Brentford goal.
Henry added: “We were all at it. We could have done better in the second half and kept the ball more. In the first half we were at them.”
Henry's mission now is to have as much game-time as possible between now and the end of the season after a difficult few months.
He explained: “I want to get as many minutes as I can and get the result on Saturday. It was frustrating being injured.
“I wasn't able to move my arm for two weeks. My family have always supported me and they come to most games.”