Manager Chris Hughton says Brighton have found a resolve they perhaps had previously lacked, as they sit top of the Championship going into the international break.
Saturday's 1-1 home draw with Cardiff ended their 100% home record this season, following four earlier wins.
Despite three draws in the last three games, Albion are the only unbeaten team left in the top four divisions.
"We're getting points we wouldn't have last year," Hughton told BBC Sussex.
"If you're analysing games, we're trying to be the best we can. We can look at the last few games and say of the three draws we certainly could have won two of them.
"You can ask any more, we're top of the division."
Israel striker Tomer Hemed has scored five goals in nine league games following his move from Almeria, while midfielder Dale Stephens took his tally to three in the Cardiff draw, level with Kazenga LuaLua.
The mild concern for Hughton is the inability to finish off chances, with just one of 20 shots on goal converted at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.
"What we've got to be able to do is turn possession and dominance in the game into opportunities and ultimately goals," he added.