Tottenham captain Heung-min Son says returning to club action is helping to "heal the pain" of South Korea's Asian Cup exit and has told fans that Spurs are aiming to achieve "something special" in the run-in.
Son inspired Spurs to a last-gasp 2-1 win over Brighton on Saturday, the forward coming off the bench and crossing superbly for Brennan Johnson's winner in the sixth and final minute of stoppage-time.
Son missed a month of club football at the Asian Cup, but Jurgen Klinsmann's side were beaten in the semi-final to tournament underdogs and eventual runners-up Jordan.
"It is not nice talking about the tournament again," Son told Standard Sport. "It is really tough to take, but it is part of football. It really hurts, but to heal is playing football again to make me smile again — like Saturday.
We can’t promise but we will do our best to make it something special.
"Obviously, I came back really fast to help the team. I want to be part of the team. We had a great result [against Brighton]."
The result moved Spurs back into the top four ahead of home games against Wolves and Crystal Palace.
Son added: "I just want to help the team as much as I can and I want to enjoy playing for the manager, playing with my team-mates and we will see at the end of the season.
"There’s only a few months left until the end of the season but we don’t want to talk about the future already. As I always said, I want to give the best that I can, as a team that we can, we will see where it takes us. We can’t promise but we will do our best to make it something special."
Brighton led through Pascal Gross's first-half penalty, but Pape Sarr levelled on the hour, with Ange Postecoglou sending on Son, Johnson and Yves Bissouma immediately after the equaliser.
Johnson says Son has been "unbelievable" since he joined the club in the summer and believes few players could have played the pass for his winner.
"He’s been unbelievable with me," Johnson said. "Playing in a similar position, he understands the pressures that come with it. When I’ve had some tough times, he always speaks to me, he always puts an arm round me and keeps me going. He just wants the best for me and when I scored the goal I was so happy.
“He’s a world-class player. I don’t think he needs me to tell anyone how good he is, he’s been showing it for the last ten years at Tottenham. Everyone knows how good a player he is playing off both feet.
“I don’t think there’s many players in the world who can hit a left-foot pass onto my foot and gives me a free goal. That speaks for itself. It just shows the quality he has. He wasn’t on the pitch for too long today and he didn’t have too many opportunities to play that ball. It was the first one he had and laid it on a plate for me."
The goal was Johnson's second from the bench in three games, as the £47.5million signing from Nottingham Forest begins to find his feet at Spurs.
"I don’t think anyone has seen the best of me yet," he said. “I’ve had to adapt and take time and definitely there have been moments in the season where I haven’t been at my best. I’m just trying to kick on now, keep working on the training pitch because I know that’s where I can get better. Hopefully I can keep doing that."