Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood remains confident that results will improve for his struggling team.
Hibs have lost three of their four league matches but Calderwood is buoyed by the attitude of his players.
"There is a freshness and enthusiasm about them," said the 46-year-old. "Never in my thinking do we change because they have the fundamental abilities to be good footballers.
"That's what gives me a lot of hope and that's what eases the pain of defeats."
Hibs followed a dismal 4-1 loss at Kilmarnock with a 2-1 home reverse to St Mirren on Saturday, with his callow defence guilty of a series of blunders in both matches.
But Calderwood, who continues to be linked with a move to Birmingham as assistant to manager Chris Hughton, added: "What I love about the ability of the players really gives me an enthusiasm not to worry.
"What I have got is a group who are very, very, very, very good in terms of going forward and we will need to roll with the ups and downs.
"Every team will have them. Some of them will get blamed on our inexperience and youth at the moment, not necessarily the excuse I would want to use because I know these boys are getting, and have had enough, experience to know they have made a mistake.
"Their football intelligence is developing. What I have got is a group I'm very, very hopeful of going forward with."
When asked if he felt any pressure over his position, Calderwood said: "Not at all. I love the job.
"Of course there is pressure because you want to win and you want to improve and show the ability we have got. I have got no doubt we will as we move forward."
Hibs welcome Berwick Rangers to Easter Road in the League Cup on Tuesday, having beaten the Third Division part-timers 3-0 in pre-season.
"We are delighted we have got a midweek game, we didn't really want a long week's training," added Calderwood.
"This is a game that has its own difficulty. I think it will be a major surprise if there's not a surprise somewhere in this round.
"We have got to make sure the spotlight isn't on us after the game.
"We have played them in pre-season so that gives us a little bit rather than going in completely blind. I think that will help the players especially.
"But we have got to perform. I don't see any point in going in negative or being worried about it."