Shaun Wright-Phillips has told Queens Park Rangers' official site that he was nervous after entering the field during the side's 2-0 win at Sunderland in midweek.
The 33-year-old may be one of the most experienced members of the R's squad, but his lack of first team football recently meant that he was eager to impress at the Stadium of Light.
Wright-Phillips had not made a single Premier League appearance this season under former QPR boss Harry Redknapp, but Chris Ramsey has offered him a reprieve and he impressed despite his anxiety.
“I was a bit anxious in the first five minutes, but once I got into the game I felt good out there," Wright-Phillips said. "I thought the boys were outstanding. Each and every one of us put our bodies on the line and delivered the game plan.
“It was amazing to get some game time."
Wright-Phillips impressed after coming on, helping his side claim a huge victory in their fight against the drop.
QPR had failed to win away from home all season, but their three-point haul against Sunderland has pushed them out of the drop zone.
Wright-Phillips will now be looking to stay in first-team contention for the remainder of the season, as he looks to increase his chances of playing.
The England international has the ability to be a key player for the R's, but will need to prove that, as he enters the twilight of his career, he has not lost too much of the quality that made him a star in the past.