Jackie McNamara's side returned to winning ways at Tannadice at the weekend thanks to Ciftci's injury-time decider which rounded off a spirited second-half fight-back to beat St Mirren 3-2.
The Tangerines are now up to fourth in the Scottish Premiership table and hope to kick on after Tayside rivals St Johnstone had dashed their hopes of a sixth straight win last week.
And Ciftci, who hit the target along with substitutes Brian Graham and Stuart Armstrong, insists United are aiming to recapture their finest form during the run-in.
Ciftci said: "This was a great result. We had been playing very well and getting some good results before the St Johnstone game.
"That was a disappointment but in football you just have to move on.
"That's what we've managed to do and hopefully we can go from strength to strength again.
"There are a lot of important games between now and the end of the season.
"We're looking forward to them all and want to get as good results as we can.
"We know we're capable of it and we know we have to be ready for that challenge."
He said: "It was one of those games. Sometimes you just have to keep going and going to get your rewards.
"That's what we did and even though we didn't play all that well we showed we have fight.
"That's down to the players for never giving up so all credit to them for sticking at things."
Saints manager Danny Lennon insisted his side were not to blame for their late collapse which began with a hotly-contested first goal from Graham on 79 minutes which looked offside.
Lennon said: "The lads put so much in to the game.
"It's very hard when a decision like the one at their first goal goes against you.
"Up until then we had played very well and looked like we were going to win the game.
"It's a hard one to take but we need to try and get over it and take the positives out of this game."
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