Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman says they have struggled this season due to a persistent run of bad luck.
Stanley are 18th in League Two after winning only their second game since the start of the year against Colchester United on Saturday.
"People says it balances itself out, it can't, it's impossible to balance out this year," 54-year-old Coleman told BBC Radio Lancashire.
"We can use it to galvanise, stick our chest out and show we can fight."
The 2-1 victory over Colchester moved Stanley four points clear of the relegation zone and Coleman believes his side got what they deserved.
"This has just been a season in where everything that can go wrong, will go wrong. Earlier in the season we may not have won that game," he said.
"We've had some words with players over the last few weeks about taking responsibility for our mission to climb the table.
"Our players throughout the game showed a great appetite, great work ethic and if we play like that we will be safe."
Accrington have remained unbeaten at home since the turn of the year, after losing five matches at the Wham Stadium in the first half of the season.
"The home form needed to turn" added Coleman. "It's crucial we pick up points at home and do our best on the road."
"The boys showed steel and determination and got their just rewards."