James insists the team's summer arrivals are still bedding down.
He told the club's website: "We're still a fairly new group. The more time we spend with each other the more understanding we have. That helps us. We have come a long way.
"Our performances in the past five or six weeks have picked up. Everyone is happy around the place. Our confidence is growing. Results help that. It's the starting point. When we're performing well as a team people are going to try more things and look more confident.
"We've had a tough run of games, and we've picked up some good points. We have stepped up. We need to keep building on this now."