Pat Fenlon tells Hibernian TV about the transformation in the collective mindset shown at Easter Road - from players, staff and supporters - and says the new solidarity and spirit is growing heading into tomorrow's home match against Inverness (kick off 3pm, click here for ticket info).
Hibernian are unbeaten in five SPL matches and second in the table heading into the clash with the Highlanders and the team in bottle green are in a confident mood - something that boss Fenlon attributes to the changes to the squad.
Fenlon said: "When you've been on a run for a couple of seasons where you have been losing football matches it's difficult and that eats away at people.
"But we've got a new bunch here and from speaking to most of the supporters since I've been in it's been that their biggest criticism was in relation to the lack of enthusiasm, the lack of work-rate and honesty from the players.
"I think this group are the total opposite to that and that can't be labelled on them at all and supporters feed off that. They know that it is not going to be lovely to watch all the time, but the one thing we want to be is that we want to be able to play and pass the ball.
"But we also want to be, when it is not going right for us on the day, difficult to beat and be able to grind out results. I think on Saturday was the first time that the supporters realised with 10 or 15 minutes to go that we were a little bit under the cosh. Last season there might have been a few moans and groans and maybe a bit of panic.
"But they were brilliant and they got behind us so well for the last 10 to 15 minutes, they knew that we had to dig in and in fairness they were digging in with us to try and get us over the line."
But Fenlon has warned his players not to get complacent ahead of the home match and stresses that anything less than total commitment will impact detrimentally on the result.
He added: "I think that can be a little bit dangerous because if you look at the games that Inverness have played in they've probably been very unlucky.
"I've watched three of them over the last couple of days and I went through to St Mirren when they played there earlier on in the season and I thought they played very well and thought they were very unlucky.
"I've said this before that there is very little between a lot of teams in the league and Inverness are in that bracket as well with ourselves.
"I think there is very little between us, what they are is really, really difficult to play against and hard to beat.
"They work really hard and are never really out the game, even in the Celtic game where they went three or four down but they showed great desire and character to get back into the game, so you know what you get when you come up against Terry's teams, they'll be well organised, hard to play against and make it difficult for us.
"But they've got some real quality in there which I don't think they get the credit for.
"I keep hearing that they are a physical team, but they passed the ball really well when I saw them against St Mirren and we're going to be in for a tough game on Saturday.
"We can't think that we can just turn up because we're at home, even though we are at the other end of the table from them. We could be in for a rude awakening, so it is just making sure that we prepare for the game properly."
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