Winger Pat Richards is confident of helping Wigan to Super League play-off success after scoring two tries on his return for the Warriors.
Richards, back from four months out following knee surgery, also kicked five goals in the 38-6 win against Salford City Reds on Monday.
"It's good to be back and I was glad just to get the first game out of the way," he told
BBC Radio Manchester.
"Hopefully now I can get a good run-in towards the finals."
Wigan coach Shaun Wane was delighted to see the 2010 Man of Steel back in action, adding: "He's been there and done it. He's played in Grand Finals here and in Australia.
"He's a great character in our team. Anthony Gelling and Iain Thornley have done a great job for us, but it's great to have Paddy back."
The Warriors bounced back from their
defeat by second-placed Warrington
in their previous outing by running in seven tries against the Reds.
The victory restored their three-point lead at the top of Super League and within one win of the league leader's shield.
"It was a good effort from the boys," said Richards. "Our defence was great, our attack was a bit off but we can work at that.
"Our defence is going to win us those games in the play-offs so we're happy with that."