Goalkeeper Ben Williams has been impressed by Colchester's away form this season.
The U's have collected 10 points from their nine matches on the road so far this term, a vast improvement on the 10 points they managed from their last 18 away days of the last campaign.
And Williams believes that consistency will help them as they look to challenge at the top end of npower League One.
He told the Green'Un: "Our away form is important to us. Last year, to make no bones about it, our away form was poor.
"Our home form was brilliant but it's up to us to find a balance of being good away from home, which I think we now are, and making our home a fortress.
"The league is the same every season. It becomes very tight and then all of a sudden after Christmas there is a breakaway group. You have to hold on to the coat-tails of that group."