Mick Halsall has made his first foray into the transfer market by snapping up Brentford's Scott Fitzgerald on loan for the remainder of the campaign.
Tomorrow's crucial fixture against Oldham might be Halsall's swansong as caretaker manager before he reverts to his role with the youth team but he is determined to leave his mark.
The players have shown signs of responding to his promptings in drawing with Scunthorpe and Colchester but Halsall has moved to rectify their biggest bugbear.
They were efficient and organised at Layer Road on Tuesday evening but lacked a physical presence and cutting edge in attack.
Halsall is hoping that 26-year-old Fitzgerald will provide either Andrew Barrow-man or Mads Timm with the necessary support to find an escape route out of the relegation zone.
Halsall said: "We have tried to get Scott before but he didn't think the timing was right on that occasion.
"He will give us a physical presence and I do feel it is a necessity. He has got a good knowledge and understanding of the game.
"It wasn't realistic to expect Alex Nicholls or Ishmel Demontagnac to play up front for the rest of the season without a break."
Halsall is learning the ropes quickly and, while prepared to wax lyrical over Fitzgerald, was reluctant to discuss the injury list.
But his style of management is thoughtful and conscientious as he clocks up the hours in a bid to reverse Walsall's fortunes and keep the youth team ticking over.
He was back on the training field six hours after returning from Colchester and had pored over a video of Oldham's victory against Nottingham Forest before his inaugural press briefing yesterday.
Of his understanding wife, Sandra, Halsall said: "She's fine. In fact she wanted to come in and train yesterday but I told her she wasn't fit enough.
"Sandra's always understood from the day I finished playing how long the hours were going to be and that I really enjoy it.
"She has got a brother (Rob Kelly - Leicester manager) so she has had it all her life.
"It is quite easy, as Eric McManus and Bill Jones are here.
"If anything needs to be organised with the young players regarding discipline, getting them organised for training or doing their daily weight-training programme, then Eric will oversee it with Bill's help."
Halsall says he was not trying to score brownie points on Wednesday morning but simply wanted to nail down his own blueprint for success.
He said: "I jut wanted to go over one or two things with the players who weren't involved on Tuesday night. I emphasised the principles being put in place for the first team.
"So, if any lads come into the equation for future games while we are in charge, which may be for only one more fixture, then they are prepared properly. I want the same philosophy going right through the club."
Halsall has been encouraged with the feedback he has received from the first-team squad since he was thrust into the fray.
Rather than reject the change in style, they have welcomed it with open arms and have given the caretaker hope for a positive conclusion to this troubled campaign.
Halsall said: "I can't praise them highly enough as the players have been excellent up to now and they have to continue in that vein.
"We have some good footballers here but we need to play in the right areas.
"I wouldn't go along with people who say we are better than our league position suggests. We aren't any better because that is where we are.
"We are where we are because of what we have done up till now. We will be judged on where we finish at the end of the season.
"I'd like to think we are better but you can't say that. Hopefully, we will improve.
"The league is so tight though.
"If we can beat Oldham on Saturday then that victory will lift us right into the middle of the table."