Matthew Upson says Birmingham City's first home league win of the season has lifted the gloom hanging over St Andrew's this season.
Having seen his teammates discover their missing grit, the Blues centre-half is targeting a more memorable second half of the campaign.
England hopeful Upson also has the personal target of a place in Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad for next summer's World Cup finals. It may be his need to stay in the England coach's eye that explains why there is still speculation linking him with a January move to his longtime admirers, Liverpool.
But that would be a move akin to selling the crown jewels as far as Blues manager Steve Bruce is concerned. Upson himself is more concerned with the short-term aim of building on Saturday's morale-boosting win over Fulham.
"Getting that win has lifted the hoodoo of our home form," he said. "You saw the reaction of the fans. It was like we'd won the cup.
"They've been desperate for that all season and we just haven't produced it. We've had a terrible time at home, which has landed us in the position we're in as our away form [two wins, two draws and three defeats] has been OK.
"But this win showed we can produce it and it's something we have to do to get out of the trouble we're in."
Blues' home form has been made to look all the worse given how they ended last season in front of their own fans. In an unbeaten run over the final seven home games, they won 17 points out of a possible 21.
This season, they had won only one out of 21, that being against Liverpool.
Although Upson says the team can still play better, it was true grit that earned Bruce's men the joy of a first home Premiership win since May.
"Our general passing and play isn't great but, in the position we're in, we need to have a bit more grit," he said.
"It's like when I arrived here and we had those kind of gritty players . . . Geoff
Horsfield, Robbie Savage, people like that.
"We still need to work on more quality in the final third but it was nice to see us up and at it a bit more.
"We treated the game more as a cup game and applied pressure early on, which we used to do every week at home and we were more effective when we didn't have the ball.
"As long as we get on top of teams and get bodies in the box, like we did in the second half with Nicky Butt's winner, we'll get chances to win but we were a lot more solid across midfield and the back.
"The supporters of any club want to see home-grown players like Marcos Painter willing to give their all, put their head on the block and do whatever it takes.
"Marcos was exceptional. He's got a great attitude and application, his positional sense was good, he used the ball very simply and he isn't afraid to put his head or foot in.
"He has the ingredients of what it takes to play in that position. He wants to sit and defend and we haven't really had a left-back who wanted to do that ever since I've been here."