Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton said things are moving in the right direction as his side get set to face Bristol City on Saturday.
Warburton believes his side are not far behind Bristol City and that a level of consistency could see The Reds alongside The Robins up near the top of the league.
He said: "All credit to them, they are where they are in the league. We have dropped some silly points but the squad is coming together nicely and we are showing more than glimpses of what we can do.
"We have shown that we can mix it up as well if we have to; there have been some ugly games of late, and you have to play those games, and when you get the chance to play football then you go and enjoy that freedom.
"We are getting there; we are 11th and it's not quite Christmas yet with the busy festive games to come but I think we are taking shape."
Lee Johnson's side sit third in the Championship table heading into this weekend's fixtures and Warburton knows a tough test awaits at Ashton Gate.
"They are a form team that is high on confidence," he said. "They have had some tremendous results of late and will be looking forward to a high-quality encounter.
"It is a good stadium with a good surface and we are up for the game. We trained well this week and we are looking forward to it.
"They had a tough time at the start of last season but Lee changed the squad, put his identity onto the team and they came through that. He has time to shape the squad and they have done really well this year.
"Their work ethic is good, they are showing good quality in the final third and are a tough team to beat. They deserve to be up there and they will be pushing really hard for promotion."