Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admits he would prefer Wigan to be more consistent rather than leave it until late in the season to impress.
"I don't like it," he said. "I would prefer to be a team where we don't need to be under those circumstances to get the best out of us.
"But it's a real strength to be able to perform under those circumstances, it's not a normal thing, the normal thing is to freeze. We are the opposite in many ways.
"I don't want to change that, but I want to make sure we can go game by game with expectations, putting ourselves under pressure that we want to win.
"It would be great to be able to be in a position where we can develop a winning mentality without being under those massive strains and massive expectations.
"That's probably the next step. We've been correcting things season after season, now it's more a question of mentality and small details that allow you to get three points."