MIDFIELDER Oscar Gobern lifted the lid on six months of injury hell after helping Huddersfield Town pick up four points from their last two matches.
The combative former Southampton star, 22, forced off in the 1-0 win at Burnley after taking a smack in the nose, suffered ruptured ankle ligaments in the season-opening Carling Cup tie at Preston back in August.
Gobern, who had surgery in October, described his progress back to making his first league appearances of the season under new boss Mark Robins.
He said: "It’s been a frustrating season. I can’t thank the physios and all the club staff enough for their help in getting me back playing again.
"I’ve done lots of gym work, walking, swimming and anything else to build strength while keeping the ankle loose and supple."
Gobern also thanked his teammates and added: "They’ve helped keep my spirits up. And they were on the ‘wind-up’ when the team was announced against Ipswich as they’ve not seen me play for so long.
"There are some big characters in the dressing room and, hopefully, that’ll help see us through to the end of the season."
Delighted by the win at Turf Moor, Gobern explained: "One thing the gaffer (Mark Robins) has emphasised is the need to keep clean sheets.
"We’ve conceded quite a few goals in the last few games. So he (Robins) told us first and foremost we had to make sure we don’t concede.
"We’ve now got to build on this. There’s some great players here. I’m sure we can get out of trouble."
But, while fans may see April as the season’s defining month, Gobern said the players cannot afford to look beyond the next game.
Matches against relegation rivals like Peterborough, Wolves and Bristol City could decide whether Town escape the drop.
Gobern said: "The gaffer’s not letting us get ahead of ourselves. We all know those will be big games, but we can’t afford to look beyond the next game.
"That’s where the focus should be. We need to take each match as it comes, do our best to win and move on from there."