Craig Alcock admitted his time on the sidelines caught up with him somewhat as he was thrust into the high energy wing back role against Coventry City.
Prior to joining Rovers on loan from Sheffield United, the 27-year-old spent seven weeks out injured but has played three full 90 minutes in the space of a week.
And his fitness levels were tested to the limit during the 2-2 draw with Coventry when an injury to Felipe Mattioni saw Alcock forced to play for more than an hour as a wing back.
“If you’d have asked me at half time how I was feeling, it wouldn’t have been a good answer,” Alcock said after the game.
“It was unfortunate Felipe got injured because he’s been doing really well recently but we’ve got good players to come in like Luke McCullough.
“It probably caught up with me a little bit in the first half but I felt good, especially in the second half.
“Every footballer wants to be playing games, especially when we’re doing all right like we are at the minute.
“The world is a better place.”
Rovers more than held their own against League One leaders Coventry, fully deserving their draw at the Ricoh Arena.
And Alcock says the manner of the result will only add to the growing belief within the Rovers squad.
He said: “It gives us confidence and a bit of belief if anything.
“We’ve match the league leaders stride for stride so we can take plenty of positives from that.
“We came with a game plan that I think we executed well and unfortunately a few things didn’t really drop for us.
“On the whole, it was a good performance.
“Hopefully the positive attitude the gaffer has brought in, knowing we can go into games now and win them, will translate onto the pitch.”