Shaun Miller wants to thank the Bramall Lane faithful for the reception he received on his return to action from injury on Saturday.
After approaching 11 months on the sidelines following serious anterior cruciate ligament damage on Boxing Day last year, Miller was given a standing ovation when he replaced Marlon King with just over 20 minutes remaining in the 2-1 victory at the weekend.
"The reception from the fans when I came on was brilliant," Miller said. "I'm not going to deny it's been really tough at times but that made it all worthwhile, I just want to thank the supporters for that.
"I'm not the best at watching from the stands, especially when things haven't been going well. You just want to get out there on the pitch so you can try and help.
"So, speaking personally, just actually getting involved again felt fantastic. But what was even more important - and felt even better - was the result."
The former Crewe marksman hopes to be fitter and stronger in the future after completing a vigorous rehabilitation programme and says he owes special praise to interim manager Chris Morgan.
"I've got a good relationship with Morgs," Miller continued. "Because he's usually the coach of our under-21s, we've worked closely together during the final stages of my rehabilitation.
"It wasn't a surprise when he told me that I was going to be on the team sheet. I've had a few run-outs for the reserves now and he also kept asking how I felt and if everything was fine.
"Officially, though, he informed me on Thursday that I'd probably be involved and ever since then I couldn't wait."
The 25-year-old is just relieved to be back in the thick of the action after overcoming the most difficult period in his career to date.
"When I first got injured, I didn't actually realise how serious it was," Miller added. "Of course, you do worry a bit that you might never be able to play again. When you have your operation it's always there in the back of your mind about what could happen if it goes wrong because nothing is ever guaranteed.
"But fortunately everything went really well and they tell you now that it's possible your knee is even stronger and better than ever after work like this.
"The lads in the treatment room have kept me going, Morgs has been great too."