The attacking midfielder, who is currently on loan at Huddersfield, struggled for appearances at Forest last season and feels part of that is due to the tactics that the Reds deployed.
Paterson feels that their lack of an attacking playmaker made it difficult for him to make an impact, as he was often having to play out on the wing, where he doesn't feel as comfortable.
At Huddersfield, however, he was played behind the striker during his first match, which came against Cardiff City at the weekend, and he was pleased to be back in a role which he is familiar with.
“As a youngster, I played as a number 10 and I feel that is my best position," he explained to the club's official website. "Obviously some teams don’t use that position and have accommodated me by letting me float in from the left, so I feel like I can play across those positions. I’m definitely not an out-and-out winger though; today’s position is my best, even though it’s the first time I’ve played there in a while.
“I feel like if I get fit, a bit sharper and a bit more confident, I can score goals; I just need a few games under my belt.
"I had a good season when I first went to Nottingham, but obviously last season wasn’t great for me; for whatever reason, it didn’t work out for me at Forest."
Paterson made 39 appearances for Forest back in the 2013/14 campaign, and scored 12 times, but he fell out of favour under Stuart Pearce last term and never made his way back into the first-team.
The former Walsall man struggled to make an impact in his fleeting displays and Dougie Freedman clearly felt that time away from the club would benefit him.
At Huddersfield he joins a team who will be looking for him to make an instant impression, with the Terriers in need of adding a greater goalscoring threat to their play. The Yorkshire outfit have scored just three times in their opening six games.