Martin Taylor has outlined the importance of competition in the ranks as the Owls prepare for the visit of promotion-chasing Crystal Palace at Hillsborough on Saturday.
The club captain returned to the team for Tuesday night’s hard-fought draw at Birmingham and turned in an impressive display at the heart of the rearguard.
In addition, the likes of Gary Madine and Jermaine Johnson emerged from the bench to make key contributions as Wednesday extended their unbeaten run to six games in the Midlands.
Taylor said: “On a personal note, it was good to be back in the team on Tuesday.
“As I have said all along, if you are out of the team, you keep your head down, you work hard in training and make sure you are ready to take your chance when it comes.
“We have competition all over the field right now and that can only be a good thing. Football is a squad game more than ever these days and I think that showed at Birmingham, when the lads who came off the bench played a vital part in helping us get what could prove a very important point.”
Taylor has also emphasised the need for the Owls to focus on the job in hand given the unpredictable nature of the Championship.
A raft of teams have been sucked into the relegation dogfight and the skipper says Wednesday’s current form can help tip the balance in their favour.
He added: “We are playing with confidence and belief right now, which should give us an advantage over the teams that are struggling for form and points.
“There have been a lot of unexpected results recently and it just goes to show that you can never take your foot off the gas, you have to stay focused and give nothing less than 100 per cent all the time.”