Paul Robinson believes West Bromwich Albion's trip to Florida should help alleviate the pressure which inhibited the team's last performance.
Albion, who prop up the Premiership, drew 0-0 at home to fellow relegation candidates Southampton last month in a disappointing display.
Albion manager Bryan Robson attributed his players' poor performance to the pressures at the bottom and his response was to take his charges on a morale-boosting trip to the United States to soak up some sun and train in warmer climes.
The trip was also designed to help Robson's recruits in the January transfer window - Kevin Campbell, Kieran Richardson and Richard Chaplow - integrate themselves into the squad.
Robinson has hailed it as a success and believes the benefits in terms of team spirit and relaxation could pay off this weekend when Albion host Birmingham City in the Premiership.
"It was a good break for all the lads and good to get away," Robinson said. "I think it helped us deal with the pressure of being at the bottom and we did some team bonding.
"The gaffer planned for all of us to bond and relax to keep us together for the the last few games of the season.
"He wants to make sure we are up for the fight. We worked hard in training and the lads all got on brilliantly. We know we are fighting for our lives but we are all up for it."
Despite some suggestions to the contrary, morale among the players at Albion was never bad under Gary Megson but the atmosphere around the club does appear to have improved under his successor.
Robinson said: "Bryan Robson has a big aura because he was a legend as a player at Manchester United.
"A lot of people have respect for him because of what he did as a player and for his time as a manager at Middlesbrough.
"You are bound to get a good team spirit with him around and he has improved things here."
Indeed, the only thing that has slightly dampened Albion's recent spirits is the form of fourth-from-bottom side Crystal Palace, who beat Birmingham last Saturday to move seven points clear of the Baggies.
Blues performed very poorly at Selhurst Park, though, which must give Albion, who lost 4-0 at St Andrew's earlier in the season, some hope in Sunday's derby.
Robinson also says Albion have improved considerably since that thrashing at the hands of Steve Bruce's side last December. He believes his team-mates have the necessary fighting qualities and skill to haul themselves clear of the mire.
He added: "I didn't play in the last game against Birmingham but it was a sour day for us. We didn't play well but we are a better side now.
"I think we have tightened up at the back, we have become more solid and aggressive, and going forward we have improved as well.
"We want to do really well and the fans want us to be successful too so we will fight and scrap for everything.
" Palace winning again makes the job a little bit harder but we are up to the challenge and we have proved in some games we are good enough.
"We are at home and we have to get the fans to get behind us and help us out. I know Southampton wasn't the brightest of games but there was a lot of pressure on us.
"We are trying hard to cope with that pressure, though, and the players have to fully concentrate on their own games.
"Birmingham have a good squad as Steve Bruce has bought well and it is a local derby but we owe them one and hopefully we can win on Sunday which would make a big difference to the table."