Haris Vuckic believes he made a good impression on Newcastle boss Alan Pardew in his first Premier League start against West Bromwich Albion.
The Slovenia under-21 midfielder was named in the team for Wednesday's 3-2 defeat because France international Yohan Cabaye was suspended.
"I got the chance, I did my maximum," Vuckic told BBC Newcastle.
"I proved to the fans, gaffer, family that I can do it as it was a big sacrifice to come here from Slovenia."
He continued: "It was a dream come true to make my debut and I'm really happy.
"The family are texting me to say they are proud of me, it is always good to know you have that support."
Vuckic struck the crossbar with a powerful left-footed strike and was brilliantly denied by Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster from a later effort.
"Haris had some nice moments tonight," Pardew said. "He showed the Geordie fans he's going to be a good player."
Having joined Newcastle from NK Domzale in January 2009, the Ljubljana-born player had previously made four Carling Cup starts and two substitute appearances in the Premier League, prior to his first starting opportunity.
"Every minute I grew in confidence," Vuckic said.
"I was a little bit nervous, but that went when we scored to make it 1-1.
"By the end of the game I wanted to play, I wasn't scared and very happy."
You can hear the full interview with Haris Vuckic on BBC Newcastle Total Sport on Thursday, 22 December, and in the Boxing Day build-up to Newcastle's trip to Bolton on BBC Newcastle 95.4FM.