Nemanja Vidic believes it bodes well for Manchester United that they have managed to hit top spot in the Barclays Premier League without finding their peak form on a consistent basis this season.
There have been highlights for the Red Devils - chiefly the seven-goal mauling of Blackburn in November, a thrilling win over Liverpool and a disciplined display against Arsenal.
But most results this term have been ground out, with valuable points gained at Sunderland and Aston Villa, plus a scrambling success at West Brom on New Year's Day compensating for late disappointments at Fulham, Everton and Birmingham.
"We definitely have a positive feeling," Vidic told Inside United. "We know that up until the win over Blackburn we hadn't performed as well as we can.
"But from my experience, this sort of time is when we usually come into good form. We all want to win the trophy. Last season was very disappointing.
"We just need to keep pushing hard and playing well. If we do that, we have a good chance of regaining it."