Max Clayton was thrilled to mark his return from injury with a goal as Wanderers twice come from behind to draw with Coventry City on Monday.
Making his first league appearance for the Whites since November 2015, the forward struck deep into stoppage-time to earn Bolton a share of the spoils at the Ricoh Arena.
Netting his second Trotters goal in the process following his full debut maiden effort against Wigan Athletic back in November 2014, Clayton is now eager to make up for lost time as Wanderers continue to challenge for promotion.
“It’s been a torrid two-and-a-half seasons really but I love being here and I love the Club,” the 22-year-old told bwfc.co.uk after the final whistle. “To give something back is all I’ve ever wanted to do really.
“Just to be out there again with the boys was good, but to score an important goal like that tops it off.
“I’ve got half a yard after Proccy’s laid it off to me and I’ve just tried to hit it as hard as I can, trying to take the goalkeeper’s head off.
“All the time I’ve been out, the fans have kept me going and this makes it all worth it.
“They gaffer and coaching team also really looked after me and have been there for me when I’ve needed them.
“I always knew I’d get the chance when I was fully fit because I know how much they think of me.
“I’ve now got a good platform to go and hopefully have a good second half of the season.”
Clayton continued: “Getting more time on the pitch now is obviously the aim and hopefully I can contribute more like today for the rest of the campaign.
“It’s important to take something from these sort of games because you know it’s going to be a dog-fight.
“To win seven points over Christmas is a good return and keeps us in the mix. We’re all very confident and now looking forward to Saturday’s game against Crystal Palace.”