Rotherham manager Neil Redfearn says the signs are good that his side can pull away from Sky Bet Championship danger after they beat Bristol City 3-0.
The Millers moved to within a point of safety and also their opponents with victory at the New York Stadium and secured back-to-back league wins after beating Redfearn's former club Leeds last week.
Jonson Clarke-Harris notched a first-half double, including one from the spot, before skipper Lee Frecklington sealed the points with 15 minutes left to play.
Redfearn says Clarke-Harris' first goal came at an opportune time with Rotherham under pressure.
He said: "I felt for 10, 15 minutes we looked a bit shaky and they were really bright. They were really good for 20-25 minutes. We weren't allowed to play well and credit to them for that.
"The first goal came at a good time. I thought after Jonson's first goal we really settled into it. They always looked under pressure.
"When we went a goal up we didn't have to chase the game.
"We had a good shape to us and broke quite well on them but we kept a high line at the back which was important.
"It's a couple of wins but it's a long old season. The signs are good. When there's nothing in games, like Leeds last week, we look mentally tough as a group.
"The presence of some experience has helped. It's given us a platform. We worked our socks off today.
"The lads have worked hard and bought into it."
Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill claims his side should have cut out the first goal but conceded that the penalty, when Jonathan Kodjia hauled back Kirk Broadfoot, was deserved.
"We've got to cut out our mistakes," he said.
"Nothing's happened to us in today's game that we haven't worked on this week. We've got to stop that shot. That put us on the backfoot.
"The penalty's a penalty. He got caught the wrong side of him. I've got no problem with that.
"To go in 2-0 down at half-time was crazy from our point of view. It changed us mentally in what we did.
"Both goals were against the run of play. If you don't take your chances that's what can happen to you. It became a counter-attacking game rather than a pressing game for them.
"It's disappointing and a real kick in the teeth but we will be okay. Until the 95th minute we were still running but we've got to cut out these silly mistakes."
Kieran Agard, on his return to his former club, had a big chance to level the scores but Lee Camp denied him one-on-one.
Cotterill added: "I fancied him to score. If he takes that chance then who knows? It could have been a different game."