St Helens half-back Matty Smith was pleased to finally be able to play a part in the team after missing the past two months with a broken leg.
The former England international made his return in the comprehensive 31-6 victory over Warrington.
Smith, who re-joined Saints from local rivals Wigan, suffered the injury during his first game back at the club in a pre-season friendly against Widnes.
“To actually get back and have kind of an influence and my own stamp on the game was good,” he said.
“Just getting the win and the two points was the main thing.”
After a full pre-season Smith described the frustration at picking up the injury right before the start of the new campaign.
“I’ve not been used to having three months to prepare for a couple of years so it was great to get a good pre-season under my belt,” he added.
“The first game comes around and the first 38 minutes is going well and we’re on top and everyone’s combining and looking like all the work we’ve just done is paying off.
“To then get that injury was a bit disappointing for me personally but I suppose it happens in the game.”
Even though he suffered a serious injury which kept him out of the opening five games, the 29-year-old admitted he had been quite fortunate.
“The injury itself could’ve been a lot worse,” he said.
“I did break my leg but it was a clean break and the surgery went really well so I’ve not really had the pain of it.”