Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hailed the impact of fit-again Darren Bent and Charles N'Zogbia as his side came from behind to defeat Ipswich 2-1 and reach the fourth round of the FA Cup.
N'Zogbia also impressed in his first start since late September as the second striker. Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor was also able to make an appearance as a substitute after a thigh problem as Lambert's lengthy injury list shows sign of easing.
Lambert said: "That was the really pleasing thing, to have the players back from injury. That finish is Darren Bent down to a tee. It was top class. But I thought his overall game was very good, his whole work ethic and the way he played.
"I thought his whole general game was very good, considering he only really trained with us yesterday, so it was a big, big effort from him. Charles N'Zogbia is certainly a talent, there is no two ways about it. It was a big thing for him to play because he has been out for well over six weeks or so and he only trained yesterday along with Darren and Gabby.''
Lambert made seven changes after the heavy Christmas schedule ahead of Tuesday's Capital One Cup semi-final, first leg at Bradford. He said: "We left out a few lads to give them a break and I was delighted with everyone that came in, I thought it was a massive effort.''
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was proud of his side's performance but insists Championship survival is the first priority. He said: "When I came, the remit was to stay up and that has not changed.
"Maybe a replay would have got in the way but you don't like to lose and, when we were 2-1 down in the final minute, I would have taken a replay. I'm stewing about the goal we conceded just after half-time to bring them level.
"It changed the course of the game and, if you give them opportunities, they have the quality to make it count. But I was pleased with our performance as a whole.''
McCarthy confirmed he would like to sign QPR striker DJ Campbell on a permanent basis after his recent loan spell at Portman Road. He said: "I spoke to him last night and told him I'd like to sign him. We will have to see what happens.''