Jack Ross is looking to build-on the feelgood factor surrounding Sunderland when the Black Cats travel to Walsall in the second round of the FA Cup.
Sunderland head to the Banks’s Stadium tomorrow, the second time in the space of eight days the clubs have faced each other.
Last weekend ten-man Sunderland came from two goals down to snatch a late point, that result followed by the impressive 4-2 win over Barnsley in midweek.
With Sunderland unbeaten in 14 games in all competitions, the mood in the camp is buoyant.
Ross said: “Barnsley was an enjoyable game and it was another test for us because of who Barnsley are as a squad, where they were last season and the players they have within their group.
“There were loads of things that pointed to it being a big test for us and it was another one we came through.
“Each time we’ve been asked questions this season I think, by and large, we’ve responded. Naturally, the belief strengthens each and every time.”
Ross added: “The players - because they’re in a good run of form, because they’ve won so many games this year - I think they believe we’re scoring every game, which means they’re in a good place.
“Individually there and as a whole squad. The great thing is they’re not relying on 12 or 13 players, it very much has been a collective effort. I think it’s good having these couple of cup games as well because the league is relentless.
“Although we want very much want to progress in these cups, there is a different feel around it. It gives a bit of freshness, especially this week because we were on league business last week.”