Midfielder Conor Hourihane believes a “back-to-basics” approach has got Barnsley back on track.
The Reds went five games without a win before confidence-boosting victories over Chester in FA Cup and then at home to Leyton Orient in League One at the weekend.
And Houirhane, who is the Reds’ leading scorer this season with 11 goals, hopes the tide has finally started to turn in the club’s favour.
The Reds take on fourth-placed Preston North End at Deepdale on Boxing Day, followed by a testing home clash with Oldham Athletic three days later at Oakwell.
“These back-to-back wins are great for us going into the Christmas period,” said Hourihane. “We’ve gone back to basics and the last two results have been good.
“The wins give us a lot of confidence. A lot of people were asking questions about us after a run of poor results, especially after we drew with Chester. But we’ve had a good attitude in the last couple of games. It’s been very pleasing.”