Marc McNulty spoke of his delight at opening his Royals goalscoring account in Saturday's 2-2 draw against Stoke City.
The striker bounced back from having a late penalty saved at Leeds to head in from close range against the Potters, scoring his first competitive goal in the blue and white of Reading.
McNulty opened the scoring on Saturday afternoon, but Benik Afobe and Tom Ince overturned the lead in the game. Substitute Mo Barrow struck deep into stoppage time to earn a point on the day for the Royals and keep them out of the bottom three.
On the goal itself, McNulty said: "With the last-minute penalty on Tuesday, it didn't feel great but the manager, players and staff were all great.
"I was confident in myself that, if I was given another opportunity, I would take it. I'm grateful the manager started me today and, first and foremost, I think a point was definitely fair but to get a goal as well was nice.
"With missing the penalty, it would have been easy for the manager to keep me on the bench, but I've been working hard in training and I back myself to score goals, given a run of games."
McNulty revealed that he struggled initially to get over his saved penalty at Elland Road, but he was delighted to bounce back with his goal at Madejski Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
"It was pretty hard. It was a long bus journey home afterwards, but it's one of those things and I've just had to put it to one side.
"The next day, when I woke up I concentrated on Saturday. There's no point dwelling on it, you can't change it, I was gutted but I was just glad to have got myself on the scoresheet."
On Saturday's performance, McNulty said the Royals were good value for a point after fighting back late on in front of their own fans in RG2 - making it four games unbeaten at Madejski Stadium.
"I thought we did well, we lost a couple of sloppy goals but I think the boys showed great character in the end.
"It was a great finish by Mo, and I think it was a deserved point."
Next up for the Royals on Monday, they'll be finding out their Third Round opponents in the FA Cup - taking the ball number 32 in Monday's draw.