"I think the disappointment of the start of so many seasons means we've been deflated 10 games in," he said.
"This season we've kept ourselves in with a chance - we've not been this high after Christmas for a long time.
"It's a nice pressure now. Rather than looking behind us or trying to win to stay out of the bottom three it is the case of the pressure being on to stay with the leaders.
"The march towards the European places will obviously be the motivation but we aren't looking too far ahead.
"We haven't got the biggest squad and we're looking at it game in, game out but at the moment that's not been too bad for us."