Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd says Adebayo Akinfenwa's good form is a testament to his attitude.
The 29-year-old has scored 16 goals this season, the joint second-highest in League Two, and has found the back of the net in the last five matches.
Boothroyd told BBC Northampton: "Sometimes goals can mask the real hard work behind the scenes.
"He [had been] left out. Some players sulk and other players ask 'what do I have to do to get back in the team?'"
Akinfenwa scored twice in the 3-1 victory over Aldershot that took them out of the relegation zone, and is only one goal short of equalling his best ever tally for a season, from 2009-10.
"I know it's a hot [streak] at the moment, but I was scoring goals all season," said the former Gillingham, Swansea and Torquay striker.
"But it's the points on the board which is the main thing and it coincides [with the fact that] I'm scoring goals - long may both things happen.
"I'm not thinking about how many goals I can get, but as long as I can get minutes on the pitch, I'm sure I can get goals."
Cobblers midfielder Ben Harding said: "He's on fire. He's been absolutely fantastic for us since he's come back into the team.
"It's not just the goals, although they are important, [but] he works hard for the team."