Ireland and Munster lock Paul O'Connell made his long-awaited return from injury for Munster 'A' against Leinster 'A' on Tuesday.
The 2009 Lions captain played 40 minutes after having been sidelined since October due to a back injury.
Although a Lions tour seems unlikely for the 33-year old, Munster have key fixtures in the RaboDirect Pro12 on the horizon, along with a Heineken Cup quarter-final against English champions Harlequins.
"I'm injury free but I don't know about fit. It was very enjoyable," said O'Connell.
"The lads played some great rugby. Luckily enough, it was a great day, a dry ball and that makes it harder on the lungs which is exactly what I needed. It was really enjoyable and good to get the win as well. I've done plenty of fitness sessions which in some ways are harder than this.
"But it's just the intensity of getting up off the ground, of trying to be dynamic and get up and do it again five or six times in a row. That's something that's hard to replicate in training, especially in contact. So yeah, I was definitely blowing but I'm delighted. I don't feel any ill-effects now or anything. I feel good.
"The plan was to play today and see how I am tomorrow. And then I'll start planning again from there. The hope would be to be involved in the next couple of RaboDirect PRO12 games, first and foremost.
"The more games I can play the better. I think the Heineken Cup is definitely on for me. I'm available for selection anyway. The two lads (Donnacha Ryan and Donncha O'Callaghan) have been playing very well so we'll see what happens."
Munster coach Rod Penney was delighted to have O'Connell back for his side, although he expressed caution regarding the timescale of his return to full action.
"The next 48 hours will determine if he plays for his club this weekend. If it is the right thing for Paul, then it's the right thing," said Penney.
"We'll see how he backs up. I love the guys playing their club rugby when they can.
"I'm really pleased for him that he got through 40 minutes today and looked vigorous. I was watching him closely around the contact area, the areas you need to be robust and he could have been potentially compromised but he didn't look like he was flinching at any time. He looks like he is on the mend and he is on track for a little bit more footie in the next week or so."