Jack Barlow is hoping that his Boston United debut will be the springboard for him to become a Pilgrims regular.
The midfielder arrived at the Jakemans Stadium full of promise after leaving Hull City in the summer.
But he has been forced to bide his time on the bench before making his competitive debut in the dying moments at Stockport on Saturday.
“It has been a long time coming and I’ve been dying to get involved,” Barlow told The Standard.
“But at the start of the season when we were winning I couldn’t do much about it, if I was the manager I wouldn’t change a winning team.
“I was dying to get a chance, but now I’ve got on I’m happy - but I’d rather have the three points.”
After getting his first taste of Vanrama North football, Barlow is desperate to play more, and show what he can do.
“Hopefully, I’ll be able to get more minutes on the pitch and affect the game,” he said.
“I want the team to do well, but I want to be in that team doing well.
“I need match fitness, but the manager’s been sound, explaining to me why he’s making his decisions.”
It’s fair to say United have had better weeks.
Tuesday’s 7-2 defeat to Oxford City was followed up by Saturday’s 3-2 loss at Stockport County.
But Barlow is adamant the team will bounce back.
He continued: “We can only learn from our mistakes.
“It’s been a frustrating week, we’ve conceded 10 times in two games.
“But I’d rather get those results out the way early and learn from them.
“Everyone is gutted, but we’ll be back on Saturday.”