Jason Hewitt admits Steelers haven’t played like a proper Sheffield team at the Arena, so far this season.
He wants his side to be more intense over the full game, rather than playing in spurts.
Speaking on video at thestar.co.uk Hewitt said the team badly wanted to perform better for their own fans.
“In the Arena, we need to find our identity and be the team that plays hard every minute. We have struggled a little, being short of bodies, but there is no excuse we know we have to be better at home. We have to make it a fortress.
“We have played 30 or 40 good minutes in the three games but everyone keeps saying it, we need to be a 60-minute team; that’s what we need to do to be successful. We need to find that desperation from the first whistle.”
Hewitt, who fought Chris Blight in the defeat to Cardiff Devils on Sunday, does not think that the number of new faces at the club is a significant problem.
He said the conceding of goals was down to “team errors, one guy doing his job and another not really picking up on what he is doing.
“It is all correctable, there is no real worry about this guy or that guy just keep working on it and getting it right, really.”
Hewitt was one of several players checked out after becoming injured over last weekend.
“I had some discomfort in my wrist on Sunday, I took a few whacks and had a little scrap, so I had an X-ray and nothing has come back broken. It’s just a bit of discomfort, I’ll get through with the physio and doctors.
He said there was “nothing major to worry about” for forwards Stefan Meyer and Steve Goertzen, either.
Steelers host Coventry Blaze, on Saturday,a team which has won its last five games,