David Jeffrey insists there was never any talk of crisis within the confines of Windsor Park despite Linfield’s sluggish start to the season.
The Blues picked up just two points from their opening four Premiership fixtures as they failed to back up their impressive European form during the summer.
The spotlight naturally fell on the Windsor Park giants as they looked to revive their season, and they duly delivered with three wins on the bounce - including last week’s 4-1 victory against Ballymena United.
It has lifted the mood around Windsor with the Blues elevated to fourth spot in the table and only four points off leaders Cliftonville.
“We never said we were in ‘crisis’. It was the media who claimed that,” Jeffrey said.
“We were bottom of the table four weeks ago, but I said back then that we wouldn’t stay in that position.
“The players deserve the credit and they have done fantastically well. But there is a long way to go.”
Jeffrey believes there is “plenty more to come” from his new-look side following a number of arrivals during the summer - including Glentoran duo Sean Ward and Andy Waterworth.
“We are still very much a work in progress. We had 11 players leave the club last year and we have brought eight or nine in,” he said.
“We have also been struggling with injuries. Philip Lowry remains out, Mark Haughey, Alan Blayney, Ross Clarke - so we have had to juggle the squad.”
Despite their slow start to the season, Jeffrey believes it is far too premature to be glancing at league positions.
“You wouldn’t even begin to look at the league table until after Christmas. There have been some crazy results this season. You only have to look at Ballinamallard who lost 11-0 to Portadown and then beat Coleraine,” he added.
“Everyone is capable of beating everyone else, and it is about achieving consistently.
“We were very poor against Crusaders but came back against Glentoran and also Warrenpoint Town, Ards and Ballymena United.
“So the players deserve the credit for playing under this kind of pressure.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s trip to Ferney Park to face Ballinamallard, Jeffrey said: “Ballinamallard didn’t surprise me last year. I thought they would do very well.
“They did against us at Windsor, so we know what to expect.
“They had a good win against Coleraine, and Saturday will be another tough test.”