Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay says a positive attitude was always prevalent in the squad, even through the tough times, and that may be one of the reasons for their recent upturn.
Two wins in successive games - against Leeds United and Preston North End - have all but killed off any lingering threat of relegation, but Luhukay says at no point did the team begin to get bogged down by fears of the drop.
The manager even revealed that he wasn’t concerned Wednesday would be sucked into the bottom three. And he says he has been impressed by the mentality of the players and the atmosphere they brought to training every day.
“We have never spoken about what is behind us,” he said ahead of today’s trip to Sunderland. “We look to ourselves and what we need to do be better and in training and try to put that in the game. This team stays together, the atmosphere is very good even when they are losing, every day they work hard for each other in training and games.
“I was not afraid that we wouldn’t stay in the league. I believe in what I see every day and in the players.
“We are in a positive situation. Monday is a new important game and hopefully we can come back with a good result.”
Luhukay says he will not be looking too far ahead at where they will finish, but says the fans deserve a strong completion of this campaign from the team.
“We are not speaking about looking behind us and not too far either,” he said. “We have a good feeling and now we have a new focus for the next game. Every game is important.
“We had many fans with us and we must give them everything. We take 2000 people to away games, we must give them the respect to play home and away.”