Big Sam has dangled the carrot of days off in return for wins to keep their minds and bodies fresh.
Assistant boss Neil McDonald said: "Sam has done that this season and we've had a fantastic response from a physical point.
"They've been working hard for nine months so to have a break, as long as they're not abusing their bodies and they come back fresh, is a good thing.
"It gets a fantastic response from the players. It's good for them to go home and share some time with the family."