Newcastle United's resurgent star Gabriel Obertan says that he never doubted his own ability, even when he wasn't in the side at St. James' Park.
Obertan appeared to be heading towards the exit door at the North-East club this summer, but he has since been in impressive form and forced his way back into the starting line-up.
The Frenchman scored the winner in Newcastle's most recent fixture against Leicester City and he now looks to have firmly established his place in Alan Pardew's plans for the season.
He believes that the secret behind this turnaround has been his faith in his own ability.
Whilst many would have been downhearted by their lack of first team opportunities, Obertan simply kept trusting he would get his chance and now he is hoping to make a success of his time at Newcastle.
"As long as you remember what you have done in the past and believe in yourself, then it will go your way at some point," he said to Sky Sports.
“It was difficult, you don’t know how to handle the situation.
“You get impatient and frustrated (but) you can’t always blame someone else. You have to look at yourself and work through these difficulties. It will pay off.
“These lows build your character. It gets to you and you feel left out but then you think about the situation – it could be worse.
“I’m still in a great club, working hard and trying to make a name for myself. I am turning things around. I hope it is a resurrection of my career here."
Obertan's career at Newcastle, after moving from Manchester United back in 2012, started well, but he never maintained his initial standards.
However, this season he has been one of their main attacking threats and they will be relying on him to keep his good form up.
The club are under pressure despite picking up their first win of the campaign last Saturday and they travel to Tottenham Hotspur this weekend knowing a defeat could set them back to square one, as they look to start climbing the table.