Nottingham Forest defender Joe Worrall says the belief and confidence in The Reds' dressing room is beginning to grow after the 1-0 victory at Preston North End.
Lewis Grabban's second-half penalty extended Forest's unbeaten run to five matches, a sequence which has included three clean sheets, and Worrall was delighted to help his side achieve a first league win at Deepdale in ten years and start the new year in the best possible fashion.
Speaking after the game, he said: "I thought we were very good in the first half and in the second half we certainly could have improved and seen the game out in a better fashion but you can never complain at getting three points away at Preston. To keep a clean sheet is a bit of a cherry on top as well so it has been a good day for us.
"Hopefully we have turned a new leaf now but the hard work and belief has always been there. Today I think we could have created a little bit more in the first half and tested their goalkeeper but at the other end we've been resolute. I thought Brice Samba was excellent today and then Grabbs goes and gets the winner for us so we're really pleased.
"We've had three tough away games at Millwall, Stoke and Preston and we've picked up points in each of those games and this feels like a massive three points. Alex Neil is a good manager and he sets his teams up well but we've shown our quality today and I thought we were good value for our victory.
"We're riding a little bit of a wave at the minute by keeping clean sheets and not losing games but now we have to keep that up. The manager doesn't get too high or too low with the results so as long as we keep performing to these levels and picking up points along the way then I think we'll be fine."