Colchester boss Tony Humes has praised his side's ruthlessness following their fourth straight victory.
The U's, who beat Bradford 2-0 on Tuesday, had failed to win a match this term before 15 September.
"We said early on in the season we were playing well without getting the rewards," Humes told BBC Essex.
"We've just become a little bit more clinical and taken our chances. If you score the first goal in this league it makes an awful lot of difference."
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He continued: "We've got to keep approaching games in the same way.
"When you've got quality in your team you've got to use it, push the opposition back and use the strength in your team, and I think we've got a lot of strengths there."
Colchester's poor start to the season had prompted chairman Robbie Cowling to release a statement saying he had no "sack the manager pills".
Since that statement, the U's have gone on an unbeaten five-game run, and risen from out of the League One relegation zone into eighth place.
And Humes, whose side host high-flying Bury on Saturday, says his side will now be more respected by opponents.
"I would imagine as the season goes on if we keep getting the results teams will try to stop us playing," he said.
"Teams will try to push us back, play compact against us, but we can only play what's in front of us and if we keep performing like that and getting the ball into good areas, we've got the quality to score goals."