Drew Talbot played more than an hour in his first start for Plymouth Argyle after joining them on a three-month loan from Chesterfield.
The defender has recovered from a troublesome injury and made his first start since the last day of last season against Fleetwood Town.
The 29-year-old left the field with Argyle trailing 2-1 away at Hartlepool United on Saturday - John Sheridan’s men went on to lose 3-2.
Talbot made his first appearance of the season for the Spireites at home to Crawley Town on January 27 before joining the League Two club.
Leam Richardson complemented Talbot on his professionalism and attitude during his rehabilitation.
“He has worked tirelessly hard. I’ve been there myself as a player and there are some dark moments in that time,” said Richardson.
“I’m sure Drew’s reflecting on a tough road back and the lads are made up for him. He’s a good pro and deserves to be out there playing football.
“I’m made up for him. He’s done a lot of rehab and a lot of training and the next step is to play regular games. He’s good to work with.”
The deal between the two clubs is due to expire on May 2, meaning he would be available for Chesterfield if they reach the play-offs.
There is also a clause allowing the Spireites to invoke a 24-hour recall after 28 days for Talbot who has made more than 200 appearances for Chesterfield.
Chesterfield manager Paul Cook added: “Drew needs games after so long out so the spell at Plymouth will be good for him.”