Talismanic Hull City midfielder Jimmy Bullard returned to action in the club's reserves on Tuesday night, scoring in the 3-0 victory over Wigan's second string.
Bullard has not featured for the Tigers since suffering knee ligament damage in the defeat at Aston Villa on December 5, but Hull boss Phil Brown will now be hoping Bullard will be ready to spearhead the club's push for Premier League survival.
He stepped up his comeback by playing for an hour and opening the scoring in Hull's 3-0 reserve victory over Wigan at North Ferriby, and could be ready to return to the first-team fold for the trip to Everton on March 7.
Bullard strike was a magnificent effort, the midfielder flicking up a tapped free-kick and volleying home in the first half, with his outing reminiscent of the last time he came back from injury and scored for the reserves in October 2009.
He returned to first-team action soon after and sparked an upturn in the club's fortunes with a series of performances that earned him he Premier League player-of-the-month award for November.
His latest injury had led to fears of another lengthy lay-off after two major knee operations since September 2006 but the problem affected his other knee and was not as serious.
With Hull not in Premier League action this weekend, Bullard will now hope to feature in a friendly against Galway United on Friday.