Adam Hammill marked a return to action with the only goal of the game during a runout in Huddersfield Town Under-21's 1-0 win over their Coventry City counterparts.
The winger has been conspicuous by his absence since Chris Powell took charge, with the manager citing a number of small injuries which have curtailed his chances of winning a first-team spot.
But in his first appearance since a 4-2 reverse at Watford back in August under the interim charge of Mark Lillis, Hammill scored a stunner for Frankie Bunn's young Terriers to seal a 1-0 success.
His goal arrived in the 17th minute as he cut inside onto his favoured right foot by slaloming past a host of challenges before bending the ball into the far top corner.
The Liverpudlian completed 81 minutes before being replaced by Ben Atkinson but was lively throughout in a cameo which will have caught Powell's eye.
See his goal in the video below and the three reasons why Hammill can forced his way back into the first-team reckoning at Town.
WATCH: Adam Hammill scores screamer for Huddersfield Town Under-21's
Point to prove
The past few weeks must have been a frustrating time for Hammill, who has had to settle for a watching brief from the sidelines and observe his most direct competitor for the right-wing role in Sean Scannell steal the limelight.
Scannell has been one of the major success stories of Powell's reign to date and the mollycoddling provided by the manager to a fellow Londoner has brought the best out of a man who was linked with a move away this summer.
But the success of a positional rival will only strengthen Hammill's desire to make the right side his own once more after top-scoring from an assists point of view last season by teeing up his team-mates on 10 occasions.
Along with Radoslaw Majewski, Hammill has acted as something of a fall guy since Powell took his place in the John Smith's Stadium hotseat and his determination to impress his new boss can ensure he recaptures last season's form.
Fits the profile
Town's recent success has been built on a series of vibrant attacking displays which have featured pace, power and purpose.
Scannell and opposite flanker Harry Bunn have been the central figures behind this positive gameplan as they both possess all the core elements needed in wing play in this division.
Their ability to track back and aid the respective full-backs in the defensive work is lauded by Powell as much as their attacking offerings are and given Hammill's previous stint as an auxiliary right-wing-back, something the new boss believes is ill-suiting to his game, he provides similar traits.
He has the creative element to his game - as 10 assists last term will attest - which is a byproduct of his crossing ability, he has similar speed to Scannell and the defensive nous for good measure.
Squad will be stretched
Town's fixture schedule is not the most taxing given the lack of midweek fixtures between now and 2015, but there will still be an emphasis on players to step in to compensate for inevitable suspensions or injuries.
Powell has actually been relatively lucky in that sense so far in that he has not had to deal with the absence of many of his settled choices in the starting XI, with James Vaughan perhaps the only notable exception.
But that luck is unlikely to last too long and if Scannell or indeed Bunn were to get injured, Town would be left with little alternatives on the flanks.
The use of a 3-5-2 has already been experimented with, which could offset any injuries to the wingers, with Tommy Smith and Jack Robinson or Paul Dixon operating as wing-backs.
Danny Ward has offered little in brief cameos afforded to him from the bench and Hammill will surely relish the chance to show he can fill in seamlessly if he is handed similar chances to shine.