Robbie Blake today insisted he had plenty to offer Blues and should not be overlooked.
Clinton Morrison has recently expressed his frustration at a lack of action and Blake has also sat and watched from the substitutes' bench or the sidelines.
But he argued that he could contribute to Blues' fortunes and had no regrets about leaving Burnley during the transfer window.
Blake scored Blues' equaliser in the 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers, his second goal for the club.
"Hopefully the goal will give me a lift and I can kick on," said the £1.25million forward.
"I was disappointed with my performance at Everton when I came on and I said to myself if Igotachance again,I'dtryto prove I am a worthy player for Birmingham.
"It has been tough for me. I've felt a bit down. When you're not playing, or you're a substitute, you get frustrated.
"Butthat'snatural.You look at the other players keeping you out. They're very good players.
"And the other week, when I was on the bench at Chelsea, I looked at the fixtures and Burnley - no disrespect - were away at Gillingham.
"Okay, I didn't get on but there is no place like the Premiership. This is where I want to be and hopefully I'll have a good pre-season, get stronger and fitter, and then challenge for a regular place."
Blake has made three starts for Blues and been used as a substitute nine times.
A clever, inventive footballer, he is talked about as arguably the best finisher in the ranks by Blues' backroom staff.
He certainly showed why that might be so when he calmly nudged Blues' leveller past Brad Friedel.
"The ball broke nicely for me," he said. "You can be a bit rusty when you come on - as I showed at Everton - but it all happened so quickly and I managed to put it in and it set me up for the rest of the game."
Blake was used in an unfamiliar role.
He said: "With Emile Heskey playing very well, the gaffer didn't want to change the team round too much.
"He put me on the left-hand side. He wanted me to tuck in a bit but go forward when I had the ball. Scoring with basically my first touch was a great boost." Steve Bruce said Blake's time would come.
"He hasn't had the run in the team he would have liked. Then again, we've got good competition here and a lot of players are in the same boat.
"Make no mistake, his chance will come. He's a very good player and his finish to get us back in the game was typical of what he can do."
Walter Pandiani has been keeping both Blake and Morrison in check and the manager was heartened by his contribution after a series of punchless displays.
Pandiani smashed a volley off the post in the ninth minute got in threatening positions and with a bit more might have scored.
"Maybe it hasn't quite gone for him recently, but one thing he is is genuine," said Bruce.