Liam Bridcutt says Nottingham Forest can’t take their foot off the pedal as they return to action at Birmingham City tomorrow.
The Reds went into the international break on the back of a thumping win against QPR and the midfielder knows they need to carry on where they left off at St Andrew's.
He said: "Every game is tough, but with the mentality and the way the manager works, everyone has to be ready and fighting at all times. We had a great win against Hull then let it slip against Reading after that and that was a learning curve for all of us that we can't let our foot off the pedal.
"This league is so cut throat and if you are not on it on the day, then anyone can beat anyone. That is one of our learning points and we need to keep pushing, progressing and to keep fighting."
He added: "We have used the break to recover and get ready. We have had a lot of games over the last few weeks and the break came at a perfect time for us with the results and the performances we have been putting in.
"You can say, after the 4-0 win, that we wanted to carry on but I think we needed the rest. With the results we have had it does feel a bit like a long wait for the next game.
"We had been waiting for that result for a few months. We had been putting in the performances but not getting the results and not scoring the chances that we did get. QPR was a game when it just clicked and hopefully that is now a starting point for the season."