Gary Caldwell is confident Wigan will avoid relegation and can improve on their current position.
The Scottish defender joined the Latics from Celtic earlier this month and has so far been involved in two Premier League games.
He made his debut in the 2-0 victory over Wolves and then scored against Blackburn on Wednesday, although it was not enough to prevent a 2-1 defeat.
The result left Wigan 14th in the table and just two points above the drop zone, but Caldwell is looking up rather than down.
"It's disappointing to lose, and I'd have taken not scoring if we could have won the game," said the 27-year-old.
"It was a big night for us and we could really have moved up the table with a win.
"We're obviously disappointed with the result, but I feel we've more than enough quality in the dressing room to kick on and get enough points to keep us in this league.
"This division is so tight, and if you can put a run together you can find yourself in the top half of the table.
"We know we are capable of doing that, and we just have to put it all together and put it right on the park."
Caldwell accepts that it will be difficult to return to winning ways in Wigan's next match but he is still looking for three points.
"It's Everton on Saturday who are playing well, but our home form has been good throughout the season and we have to make sure that remains the case on the day," he said.
"We know it's going to be tight between now and the end of the season and we have to put that right and start winning matches."
Caldwell has at least settled into life with Wigan during what he appreciates can normally be a disconcerting month.
"January can be a very uncertain time for players, managers and clubs," he admitted.
"Obviously I came here in the window so I am quite happy with it, but once you get towards the end of the month, it can get a bit unsettling.
"We are all looking forward to February 1, and we'll take it from there.
"But I am enjoying my time with Wigan a lot. I knew Titus (Bramble) well from our time at Newcastle, and it's been great working with him and the rest of the lads."