Tom Huddlestone made his first start for over two months for Hull City last weekend.
Huddlestone, despite being one of the most high-profile players in the Championship, has dropped out of the Tigers' team in recent months.
However, the former England international came back into Hull’s starting line-up, as the Tigers beat Blackburn Rovers 2-0 at the weekend and Bruce has been impressed by the central midfielder’s attitude while out of the team.
"Of course Tom's been disappointed (not to be playing) but he's always gone about it in the right way,” Bruce said.
"I'm sure he'll have been scratching his head at times wondering what he's done wrong.
"He hadn't done anything wrong if I'm honest but I gave him a break and the team won. Then the team kept winning and the players took his place did really well.”
Huddlestone’s start against Blackburn was his first for over two months, with other players seemingly moving ahead of him in the pecking order at the KC Stadium.
The 29-year-old was expected to have a key role to play for the Tigers this term, but he has featured surprisingly rarely.
Hull’s consistently excellent form has made it hard for him to break back into the team, but he will be hoping to keep his place from now until the end of the season.
Hull are currently leading the Championship table, and their next match comes against Brighton & Hove Albion later this evening.