The former Wolves hitman was crucial to Bournemouth's efforts in the 2-0 win over the Swans at the weekend, with his shot taking a decisive deflection off opposition defender Alfie Mawson for the opener before netting for the fourth time this season in the second half to seal the points.
The win moved the Cherries nine points clear of the relegation zone and Afobe is happy to be contributing again after admitting to losing his focus and drive earlier in the campaign.
The 24-year-old says he has struggled at times since moving to the Vitality Stadium in January 2016 but now believes Howe is getting the best out of him after a frank discussion with the manager.
“It has been tough,” he said. “I started off well then I got a hamstring injury when we went away in March last year and I didn’t come back the same player so I wrote the season off.
“Then I worked hard in pre-season but I had a little knee injury which set me back and I started the season on the bench. I tried to get myself back in the team but the boys were doing well and I couldn’t really complain.
“I lost my head a bit and didn’t train as hard as I could have. I had a heart-to-heart meeting with the manager and ever since then I have concentrated on working my way back.
“He [Howe] could have just left me out of the side and said ‘I don’t want him in and around the changing room’ but I have always been a team player and it was nothing to do with the players.”