Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce believes the squad have gained valuable survival instincts this season which will prove useful in the battle against relegation.
The Latics have spent most of the campaign in and around the bottom three, but Boyce insists they have the mentality to escape again.
And he pointed to the way they held on in the 4-3 win at home to Blackburn last weekend as an indication of their progress.
"Thankfully we have learned our lessons from earlier in the season and we were able to hang on for the win.
"Slowly but surely we're learning. It shows the character in the team that we were able to dig in there and fight for what we have.
"We'd have maybe crumbled in the past in that sort of game and conceded more goals, but this time we held firm and got the goals at exactly the right time. Hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the battle ahead."