Timm Klose says he has benefited from a tough season of Sky Bet Championship football after helping Norwich City to a 1-0 in over Birmingham City on Saturday.
The Switzerland international was immediately reinstated to the starting XI to face Blues, having missed the opening weeks of the campaign through injury.
He made a rapid impact in the form of an fifth minute assist for what proved to be Nelson Oliveira's winner, as the Canaries collected an important three points.
"Last season I thought I was going to rule the league but the opposite happened," Klose told Norwich City TV during a candid interview.
"I've learned from that. Maybe there will be some games this season where I struggle but I know what they need from me now.
"It's important that I'm a leader on the pitch and a strong person for the young lads. I need to bring the fighting spirit out of them.
"Sometimes you have to play ugly to win. I learned that the hard way and want to be better every game.
"I want to be mentally strong for the young lads. I'm 29 now and have seen a lot of things in football.
"The gaffer told me I can be a leader and it's down to me to bring it on the pitch. In my head, I'm ready for that challenge and want to be a guy people can lean on."
Reflecting on what three valuable points meant on a return to action, he added: "I'm really happy that we won the game.
"Birmingham played a good game but we had spirit on the pitch. We brought it home which was the most important thing.
"We kept a clean sheet and I did my part. There is a new thing going on here at Norwich and there have been many changes.
"It will take some time. It's just down to us to win games to bring the fans on-side."