Paul Scharner has told how Steve Bruce has reinvigorated the Wigan dressing room since his arrival.
Wigan had gone into Saturday's North West derby with Manchester City on the back of eight straight defeats, a run which had also seen the end of Chris Hutchings' time in charge at the JJB.
Things started badly for Bruce when Geovanni gave the visitors the lead after just 28 seconds, but Wigan responded well and were in control of the game for large periods.
Weekend victories for Sunderland and Birmingham actually means that Wigan are now in a slightly worse position than they were before, but Bruce will be pleased to have ended the run of defeats and remains optimistic that he can guide the club away from trouble.
Scharner, who scored Wigan's equaliser on Saturday and who was once a target for Bruce when he was in charge of Birmingham, is also convinced that the new manager has the credentials to be successful.
"The manager has brought a new energy to the club," he said.
"I suppose any player would say this but things are definitely different.
"He is very verbal and has given us all a lot of confidence. He wants us to be difficult to play against and I think we have already shown that it is working."