Jonathan Papelbon was in a much better mood than the last time we saw him as he pulled on his cowboy boots late Saturday afternoon in the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field.

It was good to get back in the saddle.

It was good to rebound from Wednesday night’s Texas-sized disaster with a save.

“Yeah, for sure,” Papelbon said after the Phillies’ 2-0 win over the Cubs. “This is what I do. This is what I chose to do. I take the ups with the downs. For some reason I enjoy it. I don’t know why.”

If Saturday was an “up” -- a 1-2-3 ninth inning -- then Wednesday night was clearly a “down.”

Papelbon failed to protect a two-run lead in the ninth inning at Texas that night, and what looked like a sure Phillies win turned into a demoralizing defeat. In that game, Papelbon faced seven batters. He allowed four hits and two walks.

Closers need to have a short memory. Though Wednesday night’s blown save was tough to swallow, Papelbon moved on quickly. A closer has to.

“Sometimes I ask myself why I’ve chosen this role,” he said. “Then other times I enjoy it, you know what I mean?

“It’s a roller-coaster ride. I liked Space Mountain as a kid, you know what I’m saying?”

Papelbon doesn’t hide from the fact that his fastball velocity has slipped in recent seasons. He topped out at 91 mph on Saturday.