Defender Richard Dunne claims the arrival of Gerard Houllier as Aston Villa's new manager has provided a much-needed spark.
Houllier officially took the reins at Villa Park two weeks ago and the Midlands club have won two and lost one of the three games under the Frenchman.
The arrival of the former Liverpool manager brought to an end a period of uncertainty which enveloped the club following Martin O'Neill's surprise resignation on the eve of the new season.
Dunne has been impressed by the early days of Houllier's reign, which he believes has lifted everyone at the club.
"Sometimes clubs sign a lot of players to give them a spark," he told the club's official website.
"We've not signed a load of players but we've got a new manager who brings a new sort of energy to the whole place.
"People want to impress him. If we can start off well and get ourselves into a solid position over the next month or two it will really give us a good base for the rest of the season.
"I think we've played some good football over the last year, when the opportunity has allowed us.
"That's the new manager's way and that's what we have to settle into.
"As a defender it's probably more enjoyable because we're not kicking the ball long to see it coming straight back at us.
"It gives us time to readjust after maybe a little bit of pressure - we can slow it down.
"I think as a team, as we progress and we see how well we do, when we're keeping the ball for longer periods it will really make the team grow.
"We could become a team that goes on and dominates matches rather than being the team that always has to go and break."