St Johnstone goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov praised the new management team in Perth for building a 'foundation' that has made the Saints harder to beat.
Since Craig Levein and Andy Kirk took the reins at McDiarmid Park, St Johnstone have picked up more points that six Premiership teams.
“Since the new management team have come in, the first thing they have done is make us very hard to beat,” said Mitov.
“Other teams are not creating a lot of chances against us so that has been a real positive.
“That’s a foundation we wanted to build and now the next challenge is to start scoring more goals.
“It’s no secret we need to score more goals but we also need to create opportunities for our strikers. I think we’re getting there slowly.”
The Saints are back in league action on Sunday after being dumped out of the Scottish Cup by Airdrie, but a win over Dundee could see St Johnstone leap as high as sixth.
“It’s a huge opportunity,” said goalkeeper Mitov.
“We would prefer to be in the cup, of course, like every other team but we just need to focus now on the league and trying to finish as high as possible. Sunday is an opportunity for us to go there, try to win the game and climb up the table.
“It’s a crazy league. If you can put two wins together back to back, it really puts you in a strong position. It’s such an interesting league.”