Everton midfielder Mikel Arteta revealed his delight at returning to the starting line-up in the 1-1 draw with Wigan despite missing a penalty that could have secured the Toffees all three points.
The Spaniard had missed the past five matches with a hamstring injury but returned at the DW Stadium to boost the Toffees’ push up the table.
And despite seeing his first half penalty saved by Ali Al Habsi Arteta was pleased with his performance after such a lengthy spell on the sidelines, even though he only managed to play 66 minutes of the match.
"I felt okay during the game,” he told the club’s official website.
“I knew that I wouldn't be able to play the whole game because I've been out for seven weeks with a serious injury.
"I'm happy that I didn't feel anything and fitness wise I want to get back to my best in the final three games of the season."
Arteta’s penalty miss came with the score 1-0 to Wigan, and the Toffees had to wait until the 78th minute to get a point from the game when Leighton Baines emphatically scored from the penalty spot again.
And the midfielder admitted there had been disappointment in the Everton camp after the match despite the late equaliser.
"There's a bit of disappointment, it was good to get the equalising goal at the end and get a point," he added.
"But I think we played some good stuff, conceded a sloppy goal and then missed a penalty, we scored to get the point and at least we haven't lost two in a row."