Aaron Hughes has urged Fulham to put their miserable form behind them and focus on a fresh start at Craven Cottage.
Fulham have slipped into the Premier League drop zone after a run of five straight defeats which led to the sacking of Martin Jol on Sunday.
Rene Meulensteen takes charge of the side for the first time against Tottenham on Wednesday night and Hughes admits the players must respond in a positive manner as they approach the hectic festive schedule.
"We have just got to keep going and believing in ourselves. When you are in the middle of a bad run the last thing you want to do is let your head drop, feel sorry for yourself and make excuses," said the defender.
"We just have to all pull together and try and get through this busy period coming up when there are a lot of games and you can pick up a lot of points quickly.
"We have to try and be positive and take the things we are doing on the training pitch into games."
Meulensteen has told Fulham they must be prepared to work hard if they are going to drag clear of the bottom three.
"Fulham have had too many poor results and we must now create a platform to get away from our position," he said.
"We need to make sure the players take responsibility, with work-rate and their discipline."