"He's come in and given a bit confidence," said the 25-year-old. "He's basically told us what he wants and if he doesn't get it we're out of the team.
"He's been a breath of fresh air for the lads, the lads have been fantastic to him like they were for Sammy (Lee).
"It's just unfortunate results didn't go our way earlier in the season but hopefully we can turn the last two draws into wins.
"It's a massive game against Middlesbrough next week."
Nolan has been free-scoring in previous seasons but his prod home at West Ham was his first of the campaign.
"The goal was for the people who supported me through the tough times," he said. "It felt like a massive relief.
"You could see by the celebrations that we're in this together and will get out of it together."