Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law feels his side are beginning to show the sort of form which will see them climb away from the relegation zone.
The Reds have had three players sent off in losing their last two games.
But Law insists there is plenty to be encouraged by, despite being six points from safety and second from bottom in the Blue Square Bet Premier table.
"After the last two games, I think we have turned the corner. There is a little bit more belief now," Law said.
"For 33 minutes against Fleetwood you would not have known which team was challenging for the title and which one battling relegation.
"Then we lose Theo Streete through a moment of madness which sees him get sent off and it costs the team and the club.
"On Saturday at Mansfield, we had Anthony Wilson and Greg Young both sent off in the second half when we were well in control of the game at 2-0 up.
"It we had kept 11 players on the pitch we would have won that game comfortably."
Law added: "Those two players have cost the club three points. The three players over the two games have cost the club four, possibly six points and it can't happen and won't happen again.
"It is just a shame we didn't get the win on Saturday to give us even more confidence.
"We have got to build on it but it just seems we take two steps forward and six back with the injuries and suspensions which have cost us."
Alfreton are next in action on Saturday when they have a home FA Cup fourth qualifying round tie against Lincoln City.