Andre Schurrle hopes Sunday's 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach can signal the beginning of a sustained run in the Borussia Dortmund team for the attacking trident he formed with Marco Reus and Mario Gotze.
Schurrle provided the assist for fit-again team-mate Reus to score the only goal against his former side at Borussia-Park, as the Germany international trio finally started a Bundesliga match together for the first time.
Both Reus, who suffered a torn cruciate knee ligament in May, and Gotze have battled regular fitness and health problems in recent seasons, and Schurrle acknowledged their impatience to finally link up together for the club.
"It feels amazing and we produced a goal - Mario played it to me, I played it to Marco and he scored, so it's amazing," he said.
"It's a good feeling. We are very good friends and we've wanted this for a long time.
"Now it's finally there and now we have to get healthy and then play together like we used to."
Speaking to Sky, Reus conceded his stunning goal, which looped over Yann Sommer and went in off the underside of the crossbar, had not quite been his intention after Schurrle found him just inside the penalty area.
"For the goal, I did not hit the ball properly," he said.
"I actually wanted to shoot further to the left, if I'm completely honest. It's nice, of course, that it went in anyway.
"Overall, it was a tough game. Especially in the second half, Gladbach were clearly better, they also had the bigger chances.
"It was then a pure [scrap], luckily with the better ending for us. We still have a lot of work to do.
"Nevertheless, these victories are extremely important right now, so that we can improve."
While the selection of Reus, Schurrle and Gotze together caught the eye before kick-off, it was the heroics of goalkeeper Roman Burki that ensured Dortmund secured all three points to climb to second on the table.
"It hurts everywhere, which shows what a hard-fought victory it was," Burki said.
"But that's part of it. It was hard, playing in this place. To be honest, I've never experienced such a pitch, it was extremely hard to play on," he added, referring to a poor quality surface at Borussia-Park.
"That's why we had to go for long balls a lot. In the first half we won some of the second balls and then after the break barely any."
"Mir tut es überall weh, das zeigt was für ein Arbeitssieg es war“, sagte @RBuerki1 bei @SkySportDE nach dem Sieg in Gladbach, den er mit zahlreichen starken Paraden festhielt. Die ersten Stimmen und Reaktionen nach #bmgbvb https://t.co/THCcLfxTaK pic.twitter.com/ceSv2na9K6— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) February 18, 2018
Of his own form, which has been inconsistent this term, Burki said: "I am training day by day, trying to improve myself. I know that everything does not always succeed. I can handle that.
"Today I am glad that everything worked out. These are very important three points.
"Now we can go with confidence into the important match against [Atalanta]," he added, looking to the second leg of the Europa League round-of-32 tie against Serie A opposition. Dortmund won the first leg 3-2 on Thursday.
|Jamieson holds slender lead in Malelane|
|Kashima Antlers 3 Guadalajara 2: Comeback win sets up Real Madrid semi-final|
|Hosszu claims fourth Hangzhou gold, Le Clos beaten by Santos|
|Manchester City 3 Everton 1: Jesus at the double as City go top|
|Parker defiant on low blow claims after ending 2018 ´with a bang´|
|Alisson: Liverpool must beat Manchester United|
|Mourinho´s brutal honesty praised by Karanka|
|Fielding inspired by Bellew after overcoming setbacks to face Canelo|
|Mourinho loves being a manager ´more than ever´|
|Khawaja unconcerned by poor start to India series|
|WATCH: Dellavedova dives into media table to rescue possession|
|Christmas form could transform Man United´s season - Rashford|
|Urgent changes needed at Manchester United – Ferdinand|
|Ishant confident as Kohli carries India into day three|
|Modric takes aim at Simeone for ´constantly undermining Real Madrid´|
|Kevin Durant provides playoffs warning to inconsistent Warriors|
|A-League Review: Janjetovic off as Wanderers suffer derby defeat|
|VanVleet turnover the ´turning point´ in Raptors loss|
|Shanahan on Mahomes no-look pass: ´I do it all the time´|
|De Bruyne and Aguero return to City bench, Sterling left out of starting XI|
|Kohli and Rahane combine to thwart Australia in Perth|
|Modric cool on Madrid future beyond current deal|
|´Fatigued´ Embiid has a lot on his shoulders - Brown|
|Crespo agrees to take charge at Banfield|
|Westbrook on Murray scuffle: He was in my way|
|Liverpool v Manchester United: Van Dijk the rock on which Klopp can build a title triumph|
|Marcelo ´never´ considered Madrid exit amid Juventus links|
|Liverpool v Manchester United: Resurgent Rashford now a leader for Mourinho|
|Injury-plagued Nuggets beat Thunder to hold Western Conference lead|
|Southee takes five as Sri Lanka recover in Wellington|
|Kings troll Curry by playing clips of moon landing|
|Guardiola: Premier League title race similar to Barca-Madrid battles|
|Ovechkin joins rare NHL club with second straight hat-trick|
|Liverpool can´t be judged just on trophies – Klopp responds to Mourinho|
|Athletics´ Chapman undergoes procedure on left shoulder|
|Marcelo: Real Madrid miss Ronaldo|
|Ronaldo right about Juventus team spirit – Allegri|
|Klopp: I´m not the pope of football tactics|
|Stade beat Ospreys on emotional Chauvin tribute night|
|Ligue 1 survival bid a marathon not a sprint for Monaco, as club appoints distance runner|
|Vertonghen eyeing Spurs future beyond 2020|
|De Bruyne injuries could be a blessing for City, says Guardiola|
|Emery prepared to face Arsenal´s centre-back crisis|
|Ulster complete Scarlets double, Exeter gain Gloucester revenge|
|Sheffield United 1 West Brom 2: Baggies comeback boosts automatic promotion push|
|Del Potro back on court following knee injury|
|Canelo v Fielding: Rocky ready to write his own fairytale in New York|
|Boca part company with Schelotto after Copa Libertadores loss to River|
|Canelo v Fielding: Tale of the tape|
|Juventus defender Cancelo has knee surgery|
|Canelo v Fielding: Alvarez and Rocky make weight in New York|
|Spalletti does not fear another mid-season crisis at Inter|
|Salah headlines CAF Player of the Year shortlist as Koulibaly misses out|
|Beckham Jr. out of Titans clash|
|Lipsky hits the front at Leopard Creek|
|Pederson coy over Wentz back injury|
|Liverpool ´not really likely´ to be active in January window, reveals Klopp|
|Always on the move and unpredictable - Pavard reveals surprising choice over toughest opponent|
|We need to get back to respect - Lampard alarmed by hate in football|
|Giles returns to England to replace Strauss as director|
|Hansen has no issue with Milner-Skudder Toulon switch|
|Juventus to rest Ronaldo after Torino showdown|
|Titmus strikes gold again as world records tumble in Hangzhou|
|Malinga to captain Sri Lanka in New Zealand|
|Rivaldo would like ´excellent´ Isco at Barcelona|
|United a long way from Mourinho´s vision|
|´Klopp denies an answer!´ - Liverpool boss dismisses questions about ´world-class´ Pogba|
|Returning Nowitzki ´so tired´ after making NBA history|
|Aguero and De Bruyne in contention for Manchester City v Everton|
|Simeone has no plans to cash in on Costa|