Uwe Rosler believes an earlier poor run is the driving force behind his Brentford side's recent rally in npower League One, after overseeing a 2-0 win over Oldham at Griffin Park.
The German has watched the Bees notch up four wins on the trot since his charges endured a three-game losing streak.
"Since we slipped out of contention a little with those three losses, we have been a lot more relaxed and have a great spirit in the side," he said. "When we lost those games the expectation went away. Then we signed a proven goalscorer in Clinton Morrison and the belief came back, and now we have the momentum."
Marcus Bean took just 68 seconds to break the deadlock, bundling home a Clayton Donaldson long throw at the near post. The Bees sealed the points when substitute Niall McGinn lashed home from 12 yards with almost his first touch.
Rosler added: "The game was a little like a difficult birth and not as clear cut as you might think. Oldham played well and caused us a lot of problems. But it's another two goals, another clean sheet and another three points.
"We're not thinking about the play-offs but as we get closer each game is bigger and we definitely have that momentum now."
Latics boss Paul Dickov bemoaned his side's lack of desire, despite a spirited second-half performance.
He said: '"We got off to the worst possible start but we weren't helped by the linesman who flagged for a throw to us and then changed his mind.
"Brentford scored from that inside two minutes and you can't afford to come to places like this and give sides a head-start."
He added: "We flattered to deceive for long spells, but the players have to realise they are playing for their futures and play like they mean it. We have to show more determination to get our heads on the ball when you are defending set pieces or we will be punished.''