Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina admits the players have been hurt by the club's poor performances this season.
But the Spain international said a sense of pride had forced the squad to face up to their problems and he believed their recent good run showed what could be done when they worked hard together.
A six-match unbeaten run in which they have conceded just one goal has lifted Liverpool to within a point of fourth-placed Tottenham and rekindled hopes of Champions League qualification next season.
It has also eased some of the pressure on the under-achieving players and manager Rafael Benitez.
"It is about pride. We knew we were not in the right situation," said Reina, who is currently in negotiations over a new long-term contract at Anfield. "This club is bigger than that and we had to think about the fact we were not doing as well as we could. Hopefully we will start getting better.
"At least we are gaining confidence from this run and that is why the result is all-important. That has to be the message."