Alex Tettey knew he would get his chance to stake a claim at Daniel Farke's new-look Canaries having recently broken back into the side.
The 31-year-old made his first league start of the season against Birmingham City last weekend, before keeping his place for Tuesday's visit of Burton Albion to Carrow Road.
Speaking to the media on Friday ahead of City's trip to Sheffield United, Tettey said: "I've been training well and been fit.
"I've had to be patient, and I'm still patient. I'm used to playing all the time but it's not something I've been thinking about day and night.
"It can be frustrating but it's a mental battle with the other guy within yourself, the invisible guy. At the moment, I'm winning that battle!
"There is a new coach with new ideas. When you play for a club, the manager uses you when he wishes and you accept that."
In a bid to extend his club career, Tettey retired from international football earlier this year; a decision which he doesn't regret despite the pride he felt at representing his nation.
"I really wish I could play for Norway still, but I can't," he explained.
"Playing three games in a week and then also playing for Norway almost empties you. The way I play, and what I do, you have to be at your best.
"The Championship is the same as always. It doesn't matter who you're against, you have to be at it to win games.
"I'm trying to help the team do that with my contribution. The manager has a clear philosophy and it will take time.
"Along with that style, at the end of the day it's about getting three points."