Sunderland rest helped me return - Jordan Henderson
Sunderland midfielder Jordan Henderson says being rested from the first-team helped inspire his recent return to form at the Stadium of Light.
The 20-year-old scored twice in Saturday's 4-2 victory against Wigan, after he was restored to the side in the defeat by Birmingham a week before.
"If I'm fit I want to play every game," Henderson told BBC Newcastle.
"I had a bit of a point to prove to get back in the team, so I trained hard and the last few weeks have been good."
Henderson added: "There was disappointment with the result last week [the 2-0 defeat by Birmingham] but the performance was very good.
"We took positives from the game, and put them into the game against Wigan."
The success against Roberto Martinez's Latics ended a miserable run for the Black Cats, in which they had lost eight of nine games in the Premier League.
"We've won one game in the last 10, so we can't get carried away," Henderson said.
"There are massive positives from the Wigan game, and hopefully we can end the season really well."
Henderson has enjoyed a profitable second season with the Black Cats, making his England debut, and establishing himself as a first-team regular, scoring five goals in 75 appearances.