Wigan Athletic captain Gary Caldwell believes a week of warm-weather training in Oman could be the catalyst for Premier League survival.
The Latics took advantage of a break in the fixture calendar to jet out to goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi's homeland.
And they will take on the Oman national team on Friday, the first time a top-flight English side has played in the country.
Caldwell is hopeful the mini-break will prompt a change in fortune for the Premier League's bottom club.
"There's been plenty of time for rest and recuperation, but we've also managed to do some great work on the training ground," Caldwell told Wigan's Evening Post.
"But as well as the training, the trip's also important in terms of bonding off the field.
"There's been meals, golf, events organised in the evening - and just being together as a group will cement the bond between us for the tough months that are ahead.
"Spending the whole week in each other's company will hopefully create a real togetherness that we're going to need in the games that are to come.
"The last three months of the season will be a big test of our character, and we're going to need every single player to stick together if we're going to do something."