Aitor Karanka believes his side are coming together well as a unit as they prepare to visit Aston Villa on Wednesday night.
The Reds are in good form as they make the journey across the Midlands and the Forest manager feels that the hard work on and off the pitch is starting to pay off.
He said: “The way that we are playing now and for sure we still need to improve. We are in November and we have much more to come, but it is true since the day we changed 10 players, and in the summer we changed another six or seven players, it has been hard work for everybody at the club and the training ground.
“But now I think it is the reflection of how well everybody has been working. Now, we look like a proper team on the pitch but we need to keep working and keep going. We are in November, we have a very good group of players who are working really well but we need to keep improving.”
Aston Villa have strung a few results together since the appointment of Dean Smith as manager and Karanka is well aware of the challenge that awaits on Wednesday night at Villa Park.
“It is a big challenge because it is another game to show how good we are,” he said. “It is a game against one of, if not the best squads in the league if you look at them player by player.
“It is a big stadium, a big opponent and a good moment for us. As a player, it is the kind of games you want to play in and as a manager the games that you like to manage.
“I can’t prepare a game to just take a point. I prepare the games to win and at the end of the game you can see if the one point is good or bad. We are going to prepare the way in which we prepare for every single game, to try to win the games because we feel that a lot of draws is not enough.”