West Ham United manager David Moyes believes his side are growing in confidence after picking up four points in as many days.
The Hammers followed up their 1-0 win against Chelsea over the weekend with a stalemate draw against Arsenal on Wednesday night (13 December), to move level on points with West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.
While Moyes' men remain second-from bottom, safety is only a point away and the Hammers have negotiated a very tricky start to December, which has seen them face Manchester City away, before hosting their two London rivals.
West Ham lost 2-1 at the Etihad but Moyes was pleased with the response against Chelsea and Arsenal, particularly as few would have given his chance a side of picking up points.
"I think it [the recent run of form] will give us good confidence because of the results," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.
"If you had given me four points against Chelsea and Arsenal [...] actually we were unlucky against Manchester City. We were unlucky not to equalise even after we went 2-1 down to make it two each.
"So there are good signs and maybe we can keep this level of performance up but the performances will have to change because we'll be playing against a different type of opposition. But I'd have to say we've done a pretty decent job against these teams."
Had it not been for Javier Hernandez hitting the bar with 89 minutes played West Ham could have secured a second consecutive win but Moyes hinted he would not rue the missed chance.
"We could have [nicked it]," he added.
"It was a really good performance by the players and certainly a disciplined and organised performance again which we have needed in the three games.
"Sometimes if you do that, you hang in and you stick with it then you get yourself some opportunities and I thought we'd done that at the end.
"I would say for the majority of the game we would have to praise the boys for how disciplined they were as defenders and how well they stuck to their task against a good team that caused us problems."
Results against Chelsea and Arsenal saw West Ham keep back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time since the middle of September. The achievement was particularly significant for Moyes, who had singled out defensive fragility as one of the main issues he wanted to rectify when he joined the Hammers in November.
West Ham have conceded nine goals in the six league games Moyes has taken charge of, compared with 23 in 11 matches under Slaven Bilic.
"When we came in [West Ham] were conceding too many goals and I found that even against Everton. So thankfully we have tightened up a bit. We have made it better," the Scotsman added.
"Now we need to take it to the next level but if we don't concede with the forwards and attacking players that we have got we should have chances of scoring and winning games. As long as we keep it tight we will always be in the game."