Barnsley striker Chris O’Grady has stressed the Reds are far from the finished article.
But the former Sheffield Wednesday man saw some encouraging signs as his team drew with Charlton last weekend.
It was the Reds first point of the season having gone over three hours without scoring a goal in the league.
O’Grady bagged a brace as the Reds dominated for over an hour, only to switch off as the Addicks replied with goals in seven minutes.
O’Grady said: “We’re off and running now, but there’s a long way to go. We can’t place too much pressure on ourselves to get wins early in the season, but if we play like we did against Charlton we’ll be fine this season.
“It’s just hard when you’ve not quite got the momentum you’ve been looking for. It can be a bit frustrating because we’ve been desperate to show what we can do. We were desperate to get a win, but there were a lot of positives to take out of the game.”
The Reds hit the post and were well-placed for three points, but defensive lapses again cost them dear as they conceded their sixth and seventh goals in the league remain without a win after three matches.
“I thought we were dominant until they scored,” added O’Grady. “Once they scored it put a bit of doubt into our minds and we panicked slightly. They also managed to get the equaliser as well, so it was disappointing. But we’re starting to perform again and creating chances, which is back to how we play when we’re at our best. That’s what got us goals and results at the end of last season. It’s something to build on.
“I was very relieved to get off the mark. It was pleasing for me to show what I can do it again. It’s been a mental thing really, knowing you can do so much better.”