Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree is determined that the team maintain their recent good habits.
An emphatic 19-0 Super League win at Salford Red Devils followed a 24-24 home draw with table-toppers Leeds Rhinos and another strong away display in winning 24-4 at Hull FC.
Add in the 38-14 defeat of Catalans Dragons at home and the Giants have gone defeat for four league matches and the 32-year-old former England international said: “Winning is a habit, but then so is losing.
“Sometimes you can fall into a pattern where you think you are doing things well, but you are actually in a bit of a rut.
“You have to be able to look at how you are performing and change things as a team and what is important is being able to find the right way and right habits.”
Saturday provides a different target as the Giants travel to Headingley to face Leeds in their televised sixth round Challenge Cup game, and Crabtree felt that yet again the Giants would have to up their game.
“We had to pretty happy overall at Salford, but we did let ourselves down the previous week against Leeds and there are things we wanted to look at,” said Crabtree.
“Against Leeds we were not so hot around the ruck area and thought we were quite a bit stronger there in the game at Salford.
“But I still don’t think we were that brilliant at Salford and again there are areas we need to fix up.
“Having said that I thought that our tryline defence at times was absolutely fantastic and that is what we are building on at the moment.
“But Salford are in a bit of a bad situation at the moment, but their guys seem to be working for one another and they are getting through it so I think they should be proud of themselves.”
Despite the emphasis on improving, Crabtree feels that progress is most certainly being made – the wins away to Hull FC and Salford answering home defeat by those clubs earlier in the Super League campaign.
“Early on in the season we were losing to teams like Salford by one try and that was tough to take,” admitted Crabtree.
“We knew we needed to improve and we have done that – we managed to do a good job at Salford which proves that.
“And we are now winning games and deservedly so because week by week we have addressed what the problems have been and we have looked at what was wrong and we have managed to turn it round a little bit.
“But by no stretch of the imagination are we perfect at the moment, and we know we still have got a lot to learn.
“However, it is nice to be winning a few games for a change and we are climbing the table.
“We are getting into some good form at the moment and getting a bit of momentum going too.”