Tranmere winger Martin Devaney has said his recovery from injury was inspired by Rovers' good start to the season.
The 31-year-old has been out since September with a hamstring injury and returned during Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat by Cheltenham.
"It makes you want to work harder on the training ground to get back," Devaney told BBC Radio Merseyside.
"You think 'how am I going to get back in the team?' because the lads have been doing really well."
He added: "It's good for the team that there's competition and you always want to come back into a winning team and a team that's doing well.
"I've been out of the side and it's been very frustrating and it's the worst thing ever for a footballer. It's not nice at all and it's mental torture.
"It would have been good to come back into the team and win, but from a personal point of view it was good to come on and play 20-25 minutes."
The former Barnsley midfielder admitted the FA Cup exit at the first hurdle, only days after bowing out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy to Chesterfield, was a blow for all at Prenton Park, but called on the players to respond.
"For lower league clubs the FA Cup brings extra revenue, so I'm sure the chairman isn't happy," Devaney continued.
"These things happen and we've just got to kick on now. Everything happens for a reason. We've got to move on in the league and put these two cup games behind us."