Peterborough United defender Gabby Zakuani has revealed how clear-the-air talks have injected fresh confidence into the Posh squad.
Boss Darren Ferguson kept his players locked in the dressing room for an hour after last week's 3-0 Championship defeat by Millwall.
And they responded by beating Blackpool 3-1 on Saturday.
"We just let everything out. We aired what he were feeling," Zakuani told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"At the time I wasn't happy with the way things went and I shared a lot of opinions along with [captain] Grant McCann.
"We took things on board. It was more of a heart to heart. It was about getting that belief back. We knew we had lost our confidence.
"The problem is we're a very young team. I'm like a granddad in the team and I'm 25. But everyone's played loads of games now.
"We just have to remind them that they are good enough to perform at this level. On Saturday everyone took the shackles off and played with freedom."
Victory over the Seasiders halted an alarming slide for Posh, who had won just once in their previous 12 outings.
And midfielder George Boyd has cited Ferguson's response in the aftermath of the Lions defeat as the spark for their improvement.
"He made us feel 10 feet tall straight after that game," said the 26-year-old.
"We had a really good chat after the Millwall game and came out feeling more confident.
"He knew we didn't need to be ranted at and put his arm around a few people and put confidence back into them."