Romain Grosjean says relief at the Lotus team's return to form in the German Grand Prix outweighs any disappointment over defeat.
Grosjean looked a likely winner in the middle of the race as he closed on Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.
Ultimately, the Frenchman was demoted to third as his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who switched back to soft tyres at a late final stop, came through to second.
But Grosjean had no regrets about being kept on a more conventional strategy and losing out.
"The first stint was amazing, seeing P1 on the board, and the car was working much better than we thought on option [soft] tyres," he said.
"After the first pitstop we were ahead of everyone else.
"As a team we had to put different eggs in the same basket and choose different strategies.
"It appeared Kimi's one worked better. But it's good to be back on the podium."
Grosjean, who had not scored points since his Bahrain Grand Prix podium, believes Lotus's Nurburgring resurgence will carry into the upcoming races.
"The summer is back on, which will help us be more consistent at the front," he said.
"Finally getting tyres and car working together is nice."