Captain Liam Fontaine says Bristol City have a renewed belief after securing their first win in 12 games.
Derek McInnes's side beat Middlesbrough 3-1 on Saturday to claim their fourth victory of the season and lift them out of the drop zone on goal difference.
"I think we played some great football up there," defender Fontaine told BBC Points West.
"We're starting to believe again. We believe in our own ability and we're showing a bit of confidence."
City's defensive frailties have been exposed this season - they are yet to keep clean sheet in the league and have notched a club-record equalling seven straight defeats.
Fontaine admits he found it hard to deal with the pressure.
"In the middle of the run I took too much of it personally," he continued.
"I've had to let that go and think about how we are going to improve rather than what's going wrong.
"People are entitled to an opinion but I'm confident in my own ability. I've felt happy with my game over the last few weeks but I want to continue it."
City ended their abysmal run with a point against Blackpool last weekend, a result which Fontaine believes was a turning point in their season.
"It was the change of direction we needed as a club. We didn't get the three points but we carried it on against Boro ,"he said.
"Hopefully we're coming in to form at the right time.
"There's a lot of games coming over the next six weeks and if you have a good spell you can really set yourself up for the run-in."