Sunderland defender John O'Shea says the players are buzzing after a fortnight under new manager Paolo di Canio.
O'Shea spoke of the impact Di Canio has had.
"Managers have their own styles," said the one-time Manchester United defender to the Daily Mail. "It's a new approach and one that the players are really enjoying.
"He does quite a bit more with the shape of the team than we've done previously and that's an individual style. Managers all have their own style and he's quite hands-on in terms of showing the players where he wants them to be, the movement he wants them to make and the options we could have.
"The manager beforehand was letting things happen naturally whereas now it's more in certain positions you know what you have to do."