Hull City boss Steve Bruce said midfielder Jake Livermore "was two players" in their 3-0 win over Burnley.
Livermore, who joined Hull initially on loan from Tottenham in 2013, scored his second goal in three games.
The England international, 26, missed the start of the campaign after testing positive for cocaine last season following the death of his newborn son.
"I think that's his best performance since he came to the club," Bruce told BBC Radio Humberside.
"He was two players today. He was committed, he tackled, he was ferocious in what he did and he's passed it well and got a goal.
"He's only learning his trade with us and he's still got a lot in his tank.
"The one thing about Jake is he wants to be a player. He wants to be a footballer and he has responded well to being given the (captain's) armband."
The win over the Clarets saw the Tigers move up to third in the Championship, two points behind second-placed Middlesbrough.