Warrington coach Tony Smith was full of praise for stand-off Stefan Ratchford after his tryscoring efforts helped the Wolves to a 42-12 win over Wakefield.
The former Salford utility back, who had been out for 11 weeks after damaging his shoulder in the sixth game of the season, returned a month earlier than expected and made an immediate impact with two tries in 13 minutes to put his side in control.
"It was pretty good for someone who has out for so long with a substantial injury," said Smith. "I thought he did a great job.
"I threw him in at the deep end but he's been training with such enthusiasm for the last few weeks that I knew he would do a good job. He was jumping out of his skin to play in this game."
Wakefield, who lost 32-30 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in March, were again poised to spring a shock when they hit back to draw level at 12-12 by half-time with a try from club captain Steve Southern.
But Ratchford, chosen ahead of veteran stand-off Lee Briers, ended their hopes with his try double and the Wolves then piled on the agony for Wakefield with three further tries in the last 16 minutes, all converted by Brett Hodgson, who finished with seven goals from as many attempts.
"It's a tough place to come to and play well," added Smith. "The crowd is on top of you and Wakefield are a good attacking team.
"It took some time for us to get some continuity and flow in the game but we took some things in our hands in the second half. We took control and got our reward.
"It took us some time to realise you've got to invest energy to get the spoils. I thought we were very dominant in the second half."
While Warrington's win took them up into second place, just a point behind Wigan, Wakefield remain near the foot of the table and coach Richard Agar admitted he was dismayed by his team's late lapses.
"We went toe to toe with them in the first half and we could probably be disappointed we didn't post more points," Agar said. "We got over the line a couple of times.
"But I felt we lost our way in the second half with the way we used the ball and the big concern is the last 20 minutes.
"While Warrington are a good side, I'm dismayed at the way we didn't front up for last 20.
"That's a major concern for me. I would like to have seen us show a bit more resolve. We certainly didn't handle the pressure well in the last 20."