Gary McSheffrey wants his side to head to Cambridge United with confidence on Tuesday night.
Cambridge are 16th in Sky Bet League One heading into the match and having won two and drawn one of their last six matches.
On the improvements last time out:
“We feel the penny is starting to drop and our messages are starting to get across.
“Against Wigan we saw ourselves compete against one of the top teams in the division. The difference between our sides was they had a little bit better quality in their end product.
“There is a response from the group but with the injuries, it is never easy.
“There is no hiding place. You must dig deep and find the strength and mentality to come out on top. As that belief keeps getting stronger, results will turn.”
On the challenge of facing Cambridge:
“Cambridge have full-backs that like to overlap so our players are going to have to work hard to combat that.
“It’s not going to be easy, but it is a game that we go to with confidence knowing that we can get something out of it. The players understand how organised and hard-working we need to be.
“Cambridge are on a good run. They have got some important away wins including against Portsmouth in the Papa John’s and Newcastle United in the Emirates FA Cup.
“We need more cutting edge and composure in the final third. We are becoming harder to beat. We need players to step up in the final third.
“We go to Cambridge with the shackles off. We are allowing them to play with more freedom and less fear.”