Sunderland's belief has returned following their recent wobble, according to Bailey Wright.
The Black Cats lost three successive league games - against Charlton Athletic, Rotherham United, and Sheffield Wednesday - in late October and early November, which saw them drop off the pace in the promotion race.
But they have responded with seven points from a possible nine in their next three games, defeating Ipswich Town at the Stadium of Light, drawing at Shrewsbury Town, and then winning at Cambridge United at the weekend.
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And that has seen Sunderland climb up to fifth place and to within three points of leaders Rotherham, while retaining a game in hand of the Millers.
Wright acknowledges that the run of defeats had put the team under pressure - which he referred to as 'outside noise' - but says it was a relief to return to the kind of noise generated by the 2,500 fans who braved Storm Arwen to travel to Cambridge to see their side collect a hard-earned three points.
"I think outside noise is outside noise, and of course the noise we had on Saturday from the fans was incredible," said Wright.
"When you lose games, we feel it, everyone feels it, the whole club feels it.
"As players of course you are disappointed and you feel a knock of confidence when you lose games but you quickly get it back.
"The last three games we have got seven points and got that belief back, the belief in what we have been doing hasn't changed.
"Winning does that, it builds confidence and builds belief.
"It's still pretty early in the season and we have to keep building on this.
"Of course itâ€™s a good couple of results but we know where we want to get to and what we're capable of.
"If we can just keep building and keep getting stronger we can make sure that gets us in a good position.
"I think you saw at the very end [at Cambridge] the release, and how much that three points meant to everyone, the staff, players, fans.
"Like I said there is a real spirit and wins like that can really spur you on and I think it shows the unity we have as a group and a club.
"I think that counts for a lot and you need that throughout the season."
Sunderland's win at Cambridge came amidst atrocious weather conditions, and despite a rash of injuries that severely restricted Lee Johnson options.
The Black Cats arrived with 15 senior players available, but that was reduced to 14 when Corry Evans suffered a thigh problem in the warm-up which meant Lynden Gooch had to be drafted in from the bench just before kick-off.
Wright said: "I think over the course of a season there are going to be injuries which will provide opportunities for others and allow others to step up.
"Obviously Corry getting injured in the warm-up isn't ideal, our captain and obviously a leader for us.
"There are a few that are missing but I'm sure they will get back fit and when they are they will be like new additions.
"As a group we will get tested, our togetherness, and I think thatâ€™s why it probably felt like a bigger three points because we have had a couple of injuries and things go against us but we won and that was the most important thing."
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