Since inheriting the managerial reins at the City Ground on an interim basis - in the wake of Billy Davies' dismissal - Gary Brazil has drafted Derbyshire back into the first-team picture.
A deadly double in a 2-0 victory away at Leeds United on Easter Monday saw him take his tally to four goals in three games, with confidence returned to the former Blackburn Rovers and Olympiakos forward.
He is set to be out of contract in the summer, after three testing years at Forest, but is doing all he can to persuade incoming coach Stuart Pearce that he is deserving of fresh terms.
Even if an offer is not tabled at Forest, the chances of the 28-year-old finding a new employer for next season are improving with each passing performance.
Brazil has admitted as much to the Nottingham Evening Post: "Knowing Matty as I think I do, he will want to be employed next season.
"Whether he is at this football club next season or somewhere else, he is creating a nice CV for himself, whichever way it goes.
"He has been a joy to work with. I love the way he works on the training ground and I like his positivity as a striker.
"You have to have a positive frame of mind to play as a striker and he has that.
"The minute he looks as though he is flagging, we put the ball down the side of the back four and he is off chasing it again.
"He is a valuable asset to us at this moment in time.
"He will want to get himself a contract, either at Forest or somewhere else, and he is not hurting his chances of that happening."