Jordan Jones insists he won't 'spit his dummy out' at his lack of involvement since joining Sunderland - saying he always knew that displacing Aiden McGeady would be a tall order.
Winger Jones joined the Black Cats on loan from Scottish giants Rangers in January, but he has so far made just a single league start for the Wearsiders along with a handful of appearances from the bench.
The 26-year-old Northern Ireland international scored his first goal for Sunderland in Saturday's 2-2 draw at Crewe Alexandra, coming on as a second half substitute to help spark a fightback with his stunning individual effort in the 76th minute.
But since joining the Wearsiders he has largely found himself cast in the role of understudy to McGeady, who has been in excellent form of late.
"They've been good," he said of his first few weeks at the club.
"The team has been flying - there's no sign of me spitting my dummy out because I'm not playing or anything like that.
"McGeady has been top class and he's linking up with Charlie [Wyke] really well, so I understand I have to wait for my chance.
"It is hard to go out every week and be top class. McGeady is the one in front of me and he has been top class.
"I just need to be ready to be called upon and hopefully I can show what I can do.
"I got my chance on Saturday and I felt like I came on and did well, and the most important thing is we got the point to take home.
"I'm delighted to get my first goal, but more importantly it contributes towards a point which could be vital at the end of the season.
"I've come on and I feel like I've done myself no harm, so it's a good feeling.
"I've come to this club really lacking match fitness and I've been in and out the first few weeks, which I think has probably helped me fitness-wise.
"I came on on Saturday and showed I'm a lot fitter and a lot sharper in my mind.
"Hopefully I can play some more minutes now, but everyone is just focused on winning as many games as we can and then we'll see where we are come the end of the season."
Sunderland arrived at Crewe on the back of three successive wins but their first half performance at Gresty Road was well below-par, and they trailed 2-0 at the break.
Head coach Lee Johnson made a quadruple change on the hour with Jones one of those who came on, as did Chris Maguire who scored the 97th minute equaliser with a spectacular strike.
Jones said: "I think the first 45, 50 minutes was nowhere near good enough for our standards.
"We made Crewe look like a really good team. That's no disrespect to them, I just don't think we imposed ourselves on the game.
"I think it was just a case of trying and come on and create a goal or score goals and I think all the subs did really well.
"Obviously me and Chrissy [Maguire] will get the plaudits because of the goals, but every one of the subs was really bright and brought the energy that we needed."
Jones' goal came when he cut infield from the left-hand touchline and unleased a shot from the edge of the box which flew into the top right-hand corner.
Jones said: "It was at the sweet spot. But I couldn't enjoy it too much because I had to get back and get the ball and get another goal. But it was a good feeling and my first goal for the club., which is special."
"When you play for this club you're expected to win every game, it doesn't matter what team you're playing against.
"We go into every game wanting to get three points and I think the main thing is if we don't come away with three we get one, because that point could be crucial towards the end of the season."