Martin O’Neill wants to repay the faith and support given him by new Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner during the past six months by recapturing the winning formula on the pitch.
Lerner has fully backed O’Neill since taking control of Villa in August and has enabled him to sign four players in Stiliyan Petrov, Ashley Young, John Carew and Shaun Maloney.
But Villa’s fortunes have dipped on the pitch, despite some encouraging performances, and they have won only two of their last 15 Premiership games.
O’Neill said: "I get on very well with Randy Lerner and I won’t abuse that sort of relationship in any way. But the best way for me not to abuse it is by reciprocating and by winning some football matches.
"He’s been fantastically supportive. Every single thing you could ask for, he’s done even if we haven’t always been able to put some of the ideas we’ve had into practice.
"He hasn’t given things a second thought. He’s just said, ‘right, okay, let’s get on with it’ and so it would be nice to reciprocate by winning some football matches.
"I think he can see we’re moving forward. Sometimes people who don’t see us play will jump on the bandwagon and think ‘beaten again’.
"It’s nice to play as well as we are in terms of entertainment. After the game at Reading last weekend, Steve Coppell said to me it was a splendid game, and that we helped to make it a splendid game.
"I’m feeling upbeat about how we have been playing but I know, deep down, it’s a results business."
Meanwhile O’Neill is convinced striker Juan Pablo Angel can battle his way back into first-team contention.
Angel started the season in fine form as the lone central striker in a 4-5-1 formation and scored seven goals before Christmas.
But the Colombian international has not even been on the substitutes’ bench for the last two games with West Ham and Reading as O’Neill has preferred the Ashley Young-John Carew combination.
Competition will intensify with the return to fitness of Luke Moore but O’Neill insisted Angel still had a part to play.
He said: "It’s a long old season and Juan Pablo started it in the side and did very well. The system seemed to suit him with Luke Moore and Gabriel Agbonlahor on either side.
"But it’s hard to keep that momentum going and Juan Pablo has looked a bit tired recently and confidence is really crucial with strikers.
"But I have to say Juan Pablo been absolutely terrific around the club. He comes in, wants to do his training and has never moaned for one moment about anything at all.
"I’ve had absolutely not a minute’s concern with him and he knows that between now and the end of the season, I’m sure he’ll get back in the fold.
"I’m sure he’s got the mentality and ability to fight back."