Younes Kaboul has backed Tottenham to sustain their Premier League title bid and believes the club have found a renewed mental strength that should sustain them during the second half of the season.
The Spurs defender impressed in Tuesday night's 1-0 victory against West Brom, as a smartly taken Jermain Defoe goal helped keep the heat on second-place Manchester United.
Tottenham are currently unbeaten in five games since the 2-1 loss against Stoke City in December and Kaboul insists the side have to be acknowledged as realistic title contenders.
"Last year we lost or drew these kind of games, which is why we finished fifth at the end of the season rather than fourth or third, so this season we don't want to make the same mistakes," Kaboul is quoted in the Daily Mail.
"I suppose we are a massive team in England now. We're playing against high-quality teams who can play football, but when they come here they just drop back, they just defend.
"We have to be patient and pass the ball properly and find solutions. I know it's very hard but that's the situation and the most important thing is to win."
"In these games you have to be patient and you have to score - that's it - and you cannot concede a goal, which is what happened to Manchester City at Sunderland.
Tottenham have struggled to score at White Hart Lane in recent weeks, with Harry Redknapp's side managing just three goals in their last three games.
But Kaboul preferred to focus on the club's recent defensive solidarity and revealed they had no concerns over their lack of goals.
"When you attack you have to defend well too, and that's what we did against West Brom.
"It's a good result for us; we just have to keep this run going. It wasn't the best game ever but you have to win those matches, take three points and look forward to the next one.
"That's the only way we will achieve something at the end of the season."