Sunderland under-21 captain Adam Reed believes that the team are coming together and getting the results their performances deserve.
Reed, appointed captain during the summer, feels the team is getting stronger which has seen an upturn in fortunes.
"There were a few new players coming into the team during the summer and they trusted me with the captaincy and we've done well and played some good football." Reed told safc.com.
"We have had some good results this season, and as the season has gone on we are sticking together, people are beginning to know their roles more and we are becoming stronger as a team."
The promising midfielder was handed a chance to train with the first-team squad during pre-season and he admitted that's where he hoped to be and hopes he can use his appearances for the under-21s to push on;
"Getting a chance to train with the first-team during pre-season was a great experience and it's where I wanted to be.
"I've played every game so far for the under-21s this season and I just have to keep on improving myself and getting the results.
"We want to win as many games as possible and we want to push on in the league."
The development squad suffered an injury blow when defender John Egan broke his leg and Reed feels, whilst it's unfortunate; he has the character to bounce back;
"It's unfortunate for John, because he was another one who got his chance in pre-season with the first team and he also got his chance to go out on loan and get some games under his belt, but all the lads will rally around him and help him bounce back."
As the first part of the campaign draws to a close Reed is hoping that his own form doesn't slip in the second half of the season;
"I have to keep my own consistency and standards high and encourage the lads around me and hopefully play as many competitive games as possible."