Gary Caldwell is pleased to have seen Wigan establish some much-needed momentum heading into what promises to be a tough festive period.
The Latics have taken seven points from their last four fixtures - culminating in a 2-1 victory over West Brom on Saturday - to clamber off the foot of the table and to within two points of escaping the drop zone.
Recent results have represented a remarkable reversal in fortune for the club, with Roberto Martinez's side having gone pointless through eight games between September and November.
They have rediscovered the winning formula at just the right time, with a tough run of fixtures set to take them into 2012.
Martinez's men have games against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United to come before the turn of the year, but Caldwell claims they will tackle that schedule with renewed confidence.
"It was a massive result (at West Brom)," said the Scotland international.
"We knew that going into the game because the fixtures after it are against the big teams in the league.
"We knew we needed a win to give us confidence and momentum going into those games.
"I think we hung on when we were under pressure and dug in as a team and it shows great character that we can do that.
"It is now about taking it on because we were disappointed by our performance against a top side (Arsenal) and hopefully we can learn from that against Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United."
Caldwell has also praised 20-year-old Victor Moses, who scored his first goal for Wigan in over a year as the Latics edged out West Brom at The Hawthorns.
"Vic has been having an excellent season without that final bit to his game," he told Latics Player.
"But hopefully that goal will give him the confidence to go on because he is a great talent."