Kevin Nicholson believes Torquay's passion for attacking football contributed to a poor run of form in September and October.
The Gulls started the season quickly, with two wins from their first three games, before an eight-match winless streak saw them drop quickly down the League Two ladder.
Now the Devon outfit have regained their footing with a five-match unbeaten run, and Nicholson suggested their natural instinct to go forward might have cost them early on this term.
"We had a pretty good start and we were playing some good football and getting good results in the first four or five games," he told Press Association Sport.
"I think we got a little too carried away with how attacking we were and that might have cost us a little bit defensively at that stage.
"But you have to remember it was a new team and a new manager, players were playing in different positions and many of them are in their first full season as a professional. It was good that the manager stayed completely level headed and the lads responded to that."