Oldham boss Paul Dickov has identified the return of on-loan Sunderland defender Jean-Yves M'voto as instrumental.
The Latics have shown signs of improvement in recent outings and M'voto recently returned to Boundary Park after recovering from damaged ankle ligaments.
In three games since his return, the Latics have conceded only one goal and he helped them to a 2-0 win at Notts County on Saturday.
Dickov said: "We missed Jean when he wasn't here and he is back to his best. As we saw at Notts County, he can head the ball further than some players can kick it.
"It is great to have a player of that stature in the team, and he brings out the best in others."