MIDFIELDER Tony Carss believes Town have to make an "all-round improvement" to ignite their play-off challenge.
The classy 28-year-old has experienced the inconsistency first hand while starting the last nine matches in League I.
Carss accepts that better home form is essential - Town had four Galpharm losses on their card before today's clash with Bradford City - but feels Peter Jackson's side have still to produce their best.
"We have all taken a good, hard look at ourselves and we are determined to do better," said Carss, who got a rousing reception from fans at his old club, Oldham, last weekend.
"Because of where we are in the League, we know we need to pick up as many points as possible over the holiday period coming up.
"We had a great run from Boxing Day last year with six straight wins and we've got to look to do something similar this time around.
"All the lads are keen to see us back in the top six and we know the fans are as well.
"The home games we've got coming up are obviously vital, and we are all aware we need to make the most of our games at the stadium.
"We've been putting in some good performances and not really getting the rewards we deserve, but we've now got to start putting some points on the board."
Town's League I rivals Stockport have appointed former Sheffield Wednesday and Hartlepool chief Chris Turner as boss in succession to Sammy McIlroy.
In the Championship last night, Stoke won 1-0 at Brighton while managerless Nottingham Forest drew 1-1 at home to Leicester.
In League II, Grimsby and Oxford drew 1-1 while Southend beat Chester 1-0.