David Cushley believes team spirit helped Ballymena United resurrect their season.
The Sky Blues were left labouring at the bottom end of the Premiership table following a difficult start to the league campaign.
But since the middle of November Glenn Ferguson’s men have discovered some impressive form to move into the top half of the table.
Last week’s heroic Irish Cup victory over Linfield was further evidence that Ballymena are maturing into a solid outfit this season.
And midfield maestro Cushley – who scored the winner against Linfield – believes there is more to come.
“We started slowly this season but we have bounced back,” he said.
“We are working hard for each other, and maybe that didn’t happen at the start of the season.
“We are picking up points and we are on the rise in the table.
“The boys know we have quality in the team, and only ourselves can stop us from progressing.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s derby clash with Coleraine, Cushley added: “It is good to come off the Linfield victory going into the Coleraine game.
“We beat Coleraine on Boxing Day, which was a first win over them in a while.
“Hopefully we can repeat the dose on Saturday.
“Top six is the aim. We haven’t been getting the rub of the green recently, but if that changes then there is no reason why we can’t finish in the top half. We will just get on with it and dig in.”