Adrian Heath has warned Coventry City's squad to keep their foot on the gas if they want to be part of the potential Sky Blue revolution next season.
Coventry entertain Sheffield Wednesday tonight, seeking to bounce back from last Saturday's 4-0 thumping at Watford which deflated the bubble of optimism permeating the Ricoh Arena.
The Sky Blues' recent improvement has left them nestled comfortably in mid-table, 12 points clear of the drop zone. However, reaching the play-offs would be a difficult proposition for Micky Adams' men.
Nevertheless, Coventry assistant manager Heath is expecting a response from the side after their sub-standard performance at Vicarage Road.
Sheffield Wednesday are still in the relegation mire but will be looking to complete a double over Coventry after a 3-2 result in October that left Adams incandescent.
"I don't think I have ever seen Micky as angry as he was after that game," said Heath.
"It was a poor performance from us on the day and I can guarantee we will produce a better performance on Wednesday.
"The players are more confident and there has also been a change in attitude and personnel. The penny had finally dropped regarding what the manager wants off them.
"I have said it before, but I think the problems have bottomed out at Coventry and we are a club heading in the right direction.
"There is still a lot to play for this season, as we want to finish in the best position the club has achieved since relegation from the Premiership.
"It looks like we will have the funds to move forward in the summer and these players will want to be part of what we are trying to create here. We aren't a million miles from the play-offs, but if we have to finish in seventh position, then so be it."
Heath intimated that Coventry would revert back to their tried and trusted back-four after switching to a five-man defence at Watford.
However, he maintains that formations will be irrelevant if they defend in the same manner from set-piece situations.
Three of Watford's four goals came from dead-ball situations and Heath has warned they must be vigilant to avoid any repetition against Wednesday.
"We were disappointed at Watford because we took a great following of supporters and didn't give them anything to shout about," said Heath.
"The manager prides himself on his sides being organised and we will go back to the drawing board as we should have defended the set-pieces better."
Stern John will be back in the fold after suspension for Coventry, but Richard Shaw is a doubt with a neck injury while James Scowcroft and Claus Jorgensen are also absent.
However, both Don Hutchison and Dennis Wise are fit and expected to play some part in tonight's fixture.