Howard Beverland is confident Coleraine will soon discover that winning habit as they look to start climbing the Danske Bank Premiership table.
The Bannsiders have drawn both their opening fixtures of the new 2013/14 season.
A battling performance against Glentoran at the Oval was followed by an equally spirited display against Portadown five days ago.
It has been a gutsy start from Oran Kearney’s side – who finished sixth last season – but skipper Beverland believes there is plenty of improvement in the North West side.
“The first two games were against genuine top six sides, so to come away with two draws isn’t too bad,” Beverland said.
“In both games we were slow to start and we ended up playing catch-up, so that is something we have to try and improve upon in the weeks ahead.
“We don’t want to be chasing games because we will end up losing matches eventually.
“The positives would be that we have shown great spirit in coming from behind to earn two draws. That shows the character in the team and everyone is fighting to the end.
“We are finishing games strongly, so if we can manage to forge ahead against teams then that should stand us in good stead.
“Of course, there are things to work on and improve, and that’s what we aim to do over the next few games.”
Coleraine’s Achilles’ heel last season was their tendency to draw games.
The Bannsiders drew 14 of their 38 Premiership fixtures – five at home and nine on the road.
Beverland believes they can’t afford to drop as many points this term.
“In one sense it was good that we weren’t losing games, but at the same time we kept losing ground on the teams around us,” he added.
“Hopefully we can get that killer instinct this season and win more games. We have the quality in the side, and we certainly have the firepower.
“So we want to start turning those draws into victories this season. That is something we have to do if we want to challenge for a top six or even top four finish.”
The opening salvos in this season’s Premiership have thrown up a number of surprise results.
The current bottom six includes the likes of Linfield, Crusaders, Portadown and Beverland’s Coleraine.
“The opening two weeks have been interesting,” added the Coleraine defender.
“ There have been a few big results, and the table doesn’t lie.
“Crusaders have no points and Linfield are also down near the bottom.
“But that could all change in the matter of a couple of games, so I don’t think the table is a true reflection of things just yet.”