It was perhaps little wonder given he had been left out in the cold at Aston Villa for the early part of the season, the core temperature of his career only being raised to something serviceable following a move to Crystal Palace on the final day of the transfer window and a belated call up to the Scotland squad. The little midfielder then gained another wee heat when he started in the 2-1 win over Macedonia in Skopje.
He took position on the right of midfield - reacquainting himself with a role he had come to have a long-distance relationship with as he found himself training with the youth team at Villa. Bannan's only appearance in the previous five months had come on international duty, when he featured in a 1-0 win in Croatia in June, the 23-year-old proving to be a lucky mascot again as the Scots overcame their hosts on Tuesday night. He deserves more than just a passing mention too; delivering the ball to Ikechi Anya for the winger to put his side ahead.
Such a moment will allow Bannan to enter Selhurst Park walking taller than his frame would ordinarily allow. Given that he has yet to meet his Palace team-mates - he signed for the club before catching a flight to join the Scotland squad in Glasgow - he seemed to have adjusted to that gait already as he strode off the pitch in Skopje.
"Things are looking up. Obviously the last couple of months have been a bit down for me but I'm sure I will come out the other end stronger for it," said the midfielder, who made 83 first-team appearances in all at Villa Park. "After the win I'm buzzing and I'm on a high going to a new club. Hopefully I can get settled in and start playing and getting games under my belt. Things are looking good at the minute.
"It was a disappointment the other night losing to Belgium so we tried to come over to Macedonia and get three points and we have done that so everyone is buzzing. We thought we could have got something from Belgium but they are going to be a strong, strong team in the tournament. There wasn't any shame in losing to them.
"We have come up against another strong team who are good at home and we have turned them over. So you can see big signs of improvement under this gaffer and hopefully it's a sign of things to come."
Scotland's win was punctuated emphatically by Shaun Maloney late on but Bannan was given to extol the role of Gordon Strachan in both the midfieder's revival and that of the national team. "I had not kicked a ball since the Croatia game because of circumstances at Villa, so I was just happy to be back out on the pitch playing again," said Bannan.
"I can't thank [Strachan] enough. I said before I was lucky to be in the squad for this one because I had not kicked a ball all pre-season, so a lot of managers would look at that and say, 'He's not ready'. But this gaffer has shown great faith in me."