The ex-Hearts defender was pushed into midfield on Saturday as the Bluebirds put a four-match losing streak behind them with a 4-0 win over Sunderland.
Usually a right-back, Paterson repaid manager Neil Warnock’s faith in him operating further forward with two goals against the Black Cats.
“Hopefully we’ve got our wobble out of the way and now the only way is up,” said the Scotland international.
“I think we needed a lift because we’ve been struggling in the last four or five games.
“Everyone struggles at some point in a season and hopefully this can be the kick-start we need to get us back up to where we want to be.
“I wouldn’t say I noticed the mood shift in the four games we lost, but from the start of this week we all noticed a massive lift.
“Everyone was up for training, buzzing, and it paid off for us.
“We’ve had a tough schedule like everybody else so we can’t use that as an excuse.
“It was just a blip and everyone has them, so hopefully we can put it behind them and move on.”
Pedro stepped off the bench to send Chelsea into the FA Cup semi-finals after they beat Leicester 2-1 at the King Power Stadium on Sunday evening.
RB Leipzig came from behind at the Red Bull Arena to end a run of four winless games and defeat Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich 2-1 on Sunday.