David Davis is intent on hanging on to his Wolves place following the pleasant surprise of his return to action in Saturday's victory at Bradford City.
The midfielder thought a spot on the bench was the best he could hope for after three successive games as a substitute and then omission from the 18 at home to Oldham Athletic last Tuesday.
But Jack Price's absence through illness left a vacancy which led to the 22-year-old being drafted back in.
"I found out at the hotel before the game that I was in," he said. "I was really pleased because I hadn't expected it.
"There was an extra bit of motivation with having been out of the side recently. I was suspended against Sheffield United for picking up five yellow cards and then couldn't get back in the starting team. I needed to prove for my own self-belief that I deserved my place.
"Pricey had done well and I had to bide my time but it was still frustrating because I had not been left out previously this season.
"Hopefully I can keep my place now but I need a good week's training. There is increasing competition for places in midfield here now."
David's day was made an especially happy one by the result at the Coral Windows Stadium and he shared the satisfaction of a team job well done in testing circumstances.
"We ground out the victory really," he added. "We got it down a bit and played in the first half, when we scored our goals, but it was a battle at times.
"There was a good atmosphere as well from a big crowd and we had the bonus of hearing afterwards that Peterborough had lost. We have had to get used to coming in and finding out that they and Leyton Orient have been winning, so this was a nice change."
As Peterborough and Orient prepare to square up to each other at London Road on Saturday, Wolves have the chance to strengthen their reclaimed top-two position with a home clash against Stevenage.
And Jamie O'Hara's return to the squad has added to the rivalry for places in Kenny Jackett's midfield as November approaches.
"I need to carry on showing I should be in the side because the competition is there," David admitted.
"Jamie has always been a very, very good player - you can see that from the clubs he has played his football at. And he can look an unbelievable player in training.
"The spirit is very good and we have to keep the pressure up because we have been getting some terrific results and now have another home game coming up."