Andre Bikey is convinced that Reading will soon secure their Premier League survival.
The Royals have collected ten points from their last five games to move up to 15th with just a few weeks of the season remaining.
They are now six points above Bolton and Bikey believes that just a couple more wins would see the job through.
However, the Cameroon international admits there was a point a month or two ago when he feared the worst.
Bikey explained: "When we were at the African Nations Cup the players would speak all the time about our clubs. Everyone was asking about Reading and saying everything was bad.
"I wasn't happy because I didn't want to play in the Championship. That would not be good for my career.
"I was worried. I thought losing eight games was too much - I had never seen a team that could come back from that but it has happened.
"If we win another two or three we will be here for the next season.
"The team is strong because after eight losing games many people thought we were finished. Now everybody is confident.
"The victory at Middlesbrough saw us start to win again and we have done well.
"It is true that what does not destroy you will make you stronger. That is a saying not just in England but in other countries as well."
Coppell staying positive
Reading face Newcastle on Saturday and, like the Royals, Kevin Keegan's side have started to move in the right direction after recovering from a dramatic slump in form.
Steve Coppell insists the Magpies are now safe and is looking at the clash as an opportunity for Reading to climb further away from trouble.
The manager said: "I had never really seen them as contenders for relegation because they have so many match-winners from within. I would say they are safe now, yes.
"And I don't expect that to make any difference on Saturday. There are times in the season that in hindsight you would prefer to play sides in this league but I don't expect them to give us any less consideration than any other side.
"We are on a good run as well so we have nothing to be frightened of."