Hull City striker Matty Fryatt has admitted he feared supporters would forget him during of his long absence this season because of injury.
The 27-year-old, who scored 16 goals last term, made his return from Achilles surgery in last Saturday's win at Ipswich after eight months out.
He told BBC Look North: "Things have changed so much from how they were last year and you just feel a bit forgotten.
"The ovation that the fans gave me was really touching."
Despite Fryatt's unavailability, Hull have been in the promotion picture for most of the season.
And he continued: "I wouldn't change for me to have had a brilliant season and us being mid-table for me missing the whole season and the team challenging for promotion."
Steve Bruce's side are six points clear of Watford with three games to play and face already-relegated Bristol City on Friday.
"The team's been superb throughout the season and coped brilliantly," Fryatt added.
"We're nearly there now and I think if we beat Bristol City then that would near enough see us over the line.
"If I could get a goal before the end of the season that would just be the icing on the cake."