Bent has endured a disappointing start to the campaign, but after scoring his side's equaliser on Sunday, Paul Lambert says that the 28-year-old wasn't dropped.
"He wasn't losing his place," said Lambert. "I just wanted to change it and the response was brilliant.
"I just picked a team that I thought might win us the game. I need everybody, not just eighteen guys. It's about a 25-man squad.
"I don't think Darren has anything to prove to anybody, least of all myself because he's a natural finisher."
Villa paid £18m for Bent in January 2011.