Captain Kevin Sinfield admitted he was unsure what reception he would receive from Leeds fans before Monday's 48-22 victory against Wakefield Trinity.
Sinfield, 34, was featuring for the first time since confirming his decision to switch to rugby union with Yorkshire Carnegie from 2016.
He had missed the past three Leeds matches with a hamstring injury.
"Building up to Tuesday there was certainly some concern," Sinfield told BBC Radio Leeds.
"I've got a lot of friendships here and a lot of people I think a lot of.
"The way the fans have taken to me over the last 20 years, I couldn't ask for any more."
Leeds Rhinos supporters were warm in their applause of Sinfield, showing their appreciation for the summer rugby era's most decorated captain.
|Four past 4,000 points|
|Kevin Sinfield joined Neil Fox, Jim Sullivan and Gus Risman in easing past 4,000 career points.|
"It was really nice to come out today, the fans have been brilliant and I can only thank them," Sinfield said.
"I can only guarantee them the best from me for the rest of the year and I'll do all I can to make this a special season for all of us."
The Oldham-born stand-off, who lined up at loose forward in Monday's victory, also passed the 4,000 points mark with a perfect eight conversions from the tee.
"It wasn't something I thought about, I was aware of it three weeks ago that it was pretty close," he added.
"Since there has been a fair bit going on, coming in today I just wanted to play well and help the club to two points.
"To get the milestone at the same time was pretty special, all my family were here and the sun was shining so we'll go home happy."