Kevin Nolan feels Notts County are getting back to the kind of performance levels which saw them win six games in a row earlier this season.
The Magpies shot up League Two on the back of a near perfect September, before winning one of the first four games the following month.
However, they ended October by winning 3-0 at home to Newport County before coming from two down to knock Bristol Rovers out of the FA Cup on Friday night.
Notts boss Nolan admits he would be loathe to see their momentum dented with defeat in the Checkatrade Trophy against Lincoln City at Sincil Bank on Tuesday night.
“Certainly the last couple of games we’ve had that intensity and tempo that got us the six wins on the spin,” he said.
“The lads are really at it in training. I’m not sure they ever came off it, but we were put in that situation where we were top and there to be shot at.
“Now we’ve got a chance to let that settle in and enjoy it. Hopefully they’ve learned because as soon as we’ve gone to the top before we’ve lost the next game.
“We can refocus with having the FA Cup and now the Checkatrade. It’s a nice distraction to not be talking about being top all the time.
“We’re talking about the next game, which is Lincoln. We want to pick up from Friday and carry momentum into Stevenage.
“The lads are back on it and we want them to stay on it. It helps when you’re winning.
“It breeds confidence. We want to keep that belief and determination to keep winning games.”
The former West Ham, Bolton and Newcastle United midfielder says the players are reaping the rewards for the effort and commitment they have shown since the first training session of the summer.
Despite the reputation of the Checkatrade Trophy, he hopes Notts progress so as to give those players who have been on the fringes a chance to keep getting much needed minutes on the pitch.
“I was delighted with the performance on Friday. The lads are getting the rewards for the hard work they’ve been putting in since they first came back for pre-season,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow and hopefully we can get through.”