Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini says that a change in mentality has helped kick-start their season after back-to-back wins against Tottenham and Liverpool.
The Magpies were heavily beaten by Leicester City and Crystal Palace, leaving them in the relegation zone with fans fearing the worst.
However, after impressive wins against Spurs and Liverpool, Steve McClaren’s side have shot up 15th in the Premier League table.
And captain Fabricio Coloccini says that keeping their heads after going behind was the reason behind their shock win at White Hart Lane.
Speaking to the Sunderland Echo, the 33-year-old said: “We changed our mentality as normally when we are losing games we have lost our heads and now I think we stay in the game and we found a goal.
“Then we trusted in ourselves that we could win the game and we got ourselves the three points. We spoke about the first goal and how things could be changed. But I think Tottenham played well in the first half. We didn’t have much to do in the first half but we conceded from a set-play.
“I think that’s why when we came into the changing room we knew that we could score, we said that and then we did it. Then we went for the three points.”
Newcastle host Aston Villa on Saturday in a crucial battle at St James’ Park, and after back-to-back wins Coloccini is confident they can make it three in a row.
“I think the results always help us. At the moment we have been working very hard every week. We couldn’t get the result before but now they are coming and we’re very happy about that,” he added.
“We’re going to stay with our feet on the floor and keep working. We know that Aston Villa have to fight to get out of the relegation zone soon. We want to keep going in this way as well, move away from there and further up the table.
“We need to stay at this same level and try to play at our best like we did against Liverpool and Spurs. We have to focus and try to find more wins, especially over this busy Christmas period.”