Zat Knight played his first game since September for Bolton in their 2-0 loss at the hands of Everton, following the suspension to David Wheater.
The 31-year old defender has suffered a loss in form in recent weeks, but insists he is now ready to jump at the opportunity to get his first-team place back.
"I started the season maybe not as well as I should have done," admitted Knight. "The manager gave me a kick up the backside.
"[But] my training has picked up and I felt I deserved to play against Everton."
When talking of the sending off that resulted in Wheater's suspension, Knight added; "Sometimes someone else's misfortune is my gain."
The former Fulham stopper comes back into the Trotters' first-team set-up with his side in an unwelcoming relegation battle to stay in the top flght.
"When you are not winning and you are down there, it doesn't matter whether it's the first game or 12 games in, you are in it," he added.
"We have to find something and change something to get out of it. We have been very fortunate that when we have lost, teams around us have lost as well."
Due to how close the bottom half of the table is Bolton, who currently lie in 17th, are just six points from the top half.
"We are still close to other teams. We've got a tough game at Tottenham but we have to find something from somewhere," said Knight, who will be looking to prove his worth to Coyle when Bolton travel to White Hart Lane on Saturday.