The Brazil international forward has struggled to adapt to life in Russia following his summer move from Porto but feels that he is beginning to recapture his best formZenit St Petersburg forward Hulk says that he is enjoying life at the club after scoring in the 4-2 win over Spartak Moscow.
The former Porto man moved to Russia for a reported €55 million [£44.6m] during the summer and had admitted to struggling to deal with the pressure of justifying that price tag but feels that he is now beginning to get back to his best.
"It was really nice for me to take part in a derby match like that," he told reporters at the post-match press conference. "I was especially happy to score. It was really important to me to help the team, so I'm really satisfied."
The Brazil international played as a lone striker in the victory, which saw Spartak reduced to nine men following the dismissals of Nicolas Pareja and Juan Insaurralde, and insists that he is happy to play in any number of positions.
"If I play on the wing, that's great, and if I play in the centre that's excellent. I just enjoy playing football, and I do everything to help the team," he added.
Hulk then gave a low-key reaction to Luiz Felipe Scolari's recent appointment as Brazil coach and highlighted how he will continue to give 100 per cent for club and country.
"He is known around the world as a great coach who has already won the World Cup," the attacker said of the returning Selecao boss. "Not much changes for me, though. I will continue to play at my best for my club and will try everything to make the national team, giving my all in every match."