Harry Forrester believes Rovers have taken advantage of high flying opposition teams underestimating them this season.
But the midfielder concedes they have also struggled in battles with sides also fighting against the drop.
Rovers followed up a superb performance in defeat at QPR on New Year’s Day with a showing boss Paul Dickov described as ‘inept’ as they crashed out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 loss to League One strugglers Stevenage.
And Forrester believes the attitude of the opposition has a major bearing on Rovers’ performances.
“When we’re playing the big teams there’s an occasion about the game and we’re picking up the points in those,” he said. “Maybe those sides aren’t showing us a lot of respect and think they’re going to turn us over.
“It’s a big surprise for them when they haven’t.
“The teams lower down come and graft, work hard and actually put us under a bit of pressure.”
Forrester was one of just a few players to come away from the Stevenage defeat with credit after his goalscoring performance coming off the bench.