Gary McSheffrey has promised no-one at Birmingham City is panicking about their poor league position or their recent habit of squandering vital Premier League points.
Blues currently stand three places and only two points above the bottom three after drawing at home to Reading last Saturday and taking nothing from a winning position at Newcastle United the weekend before.
In both matches, Alex McLeish's men have established supremacy only to see defensive lapses cost them dear; as a result, they have been overtaken in the table by relegation rivals Reading and Middlesbrough.
Even lowly Wigan Athletic, now under the guidance of former Blues manager Steve Bruce, have closed to within one game following their bizarre 5-3 victory over Blackburn. But McSheffrey, who played his best match of the season in Saturday's 1-1 stalemate, is not alarmed at the current situation.
"There's still a long way to go," the winger said. "The longer you are in that group, the more of a concern it becomes. However, there is no cause for panic at the moment because we are playing some decent stuff and looking like we are going to score goals."
McSheffrey could easily have claimed one against Reading only to see his powerful second free kick cannon off Marcus Hahnemann's crossbar and Ibrahima Sonko clear Sebastian Larsson's resulting header off the line.
Reading's American goalkeeper was in inspired form and made a pair of outstanding saves from two Cameron Jerome headers. In fact, in what was McLeish's first home match, Birmingham were lined up more positively than in recent weeks with Mikael Forssell partnering Jerome up front.
The response was a more incisive attacking display that should have brought a fifth win of the season. McSheffrey credits McLeish for the turnaround, both for him and his team-mates: "He has given us the belief to get on the ball, express ourselves and enjoy it. That's what it's all about, it's our trade and you have to enjoy it. That's what he's trying to instil in us," he said.
McSheffrey went six weeks without a start at the end of Bruce's reign but has not missed a game since McLeish took over and marked his recall with a penalty in the 3-2 win at Tottenham Hotspur.
Since then, his displays have become more consistent and, almost as a barometer to the rest of his game, his delivery at set-pieces has also improved. All of which adds up to the 25-year-old increasing in confidence: "I feel part of the team and as though I am contributing," he said.
"The manager expects certain things of me and says that to me face to face, that's how it should be. When you understand your role in the team, then it becomes easier to adapt. I feel my performances are getting better. I am feeling more self-confidence that I am a key figure. I am not going to take anything for granted but, at the minute, I am earning my position in the team.
"If that free kick have gone in, it would have polished not a bad performance and everyone would have gone home talking about a winning performance and a good goal. When the goals are not going in, that's when people nit-pick and notice things they weren't seeing last year, when the goals more than made up for it."
McSheffrey will hope to retain his place in the side for this weekend's match at Bolton Wanderers. While McLeish may choose to revert to playing a lone striker, if he is picked the former Coventry City attacker will be charged with supporting Jerome.
Olivier Kapo is likely to come back into the squad after missing out through illness against Reading and Mehdi Nafti returns from suspension. But Liam Ridgewell misses out after picking up five bookings and a one-game ban. That means that unless Johan Djourou recovers from his nagging pelvic problem, Radhi Jaidi could line up against his former team, having not played a league match since September 1.