New Birmingham signing David Murphy has praised the St Andrews faithful and urged them to carry on their fantastic support as they continue their quest for Premier League survival.
The former Hibernian full-back has responded to ex-Blues midfielder Robbie Savage, who claimed that the West Midlands supporters added to the tension during the 1-1 draw between Birmingham and Derby last weekend.
Murphy made his debut in the fixture and refuted claims from the Welshman, with the defender having nothing but admiration for the home support.
"I thought the fans were great, especially in the second half when they were getting right behind the team," he told the clubs official website.
"You can only ask them to keep doing that and we'll keep trying to do our bit on the pitch.
"Obviously it was a massive blow to drop into the bottom three but there is still a long way to go yet and I'm sure that the league table will keep changing on a weekly basis."
The 24-year-old admitted it was a bad weekend for his side, but believes Blues were unlucky not to come away with what he feels would have been a deserved three points.
"We created that many chances that we should have had them dead and buried before they scored their equaliser," he said.
"That was the disappointing part and we were punished for not taking our chances."
Despite only being at St Andrews a short time, Murphy is confident there is enough quality and team-spirit in the Blues squad to climb out of the relegation zone.
"Looking around in the changing room there are some great players there and a great team spirit, which is obviously a massive positive," he said.
"If we can take that out on to the pitch then I am sure we can turn things around.
"There are a lot of games left but we need to start picking up some points sooner rather than later.
"There are still teams around us that we can catch and we don't want to open up that distance too much, we want to stay in touch with them and leapfrog them."