Leicester captain Matt Mills paid tribute to Sean St Ledger after the recalled defender put in an impressive performance in Tuesday's 4-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.
St. Ledger was installed as the former Reading man's partner at centre-half for the comprehensive victory over the Reds, only weeks after being transfer listed by Foxes manager Nigel Pearson.
Mills said: "Credit to Sean, he was left out in the cold a little bit and he's come in and put on a great performance. I'm sure he'll be a lot happier driving home than he has been in the last few weeks."
With a potential switch to npower Championship club Ipswich seemingly on hold, the 27-year-old Irishman successfully marshalled the Leicester back-line to add the gloss of a clean sheet to a dynamic attacking display, which saw Jermaine Beckford bag a hat-trick.
The Foxes skipper added: "I think as players we need to look at the things we did well. As a collective group it's probably the best we've played, and it's time now for us players to get together and push on for the rest of the season.
"There's no point talking about what's been and gone, there are still a lot of points to play for and hopefully we'll be where we want to be come the end of the season."