Dundee United midfielder John Rankin is confident history can repeat itself this season after some frank discussions designed to turn around their fortunes.
United stopped the rot on Saturday with a 1-1 draw against Aberdeen after four consecutive Clydesdale Bank Premier League games without scoring a goal.
United remain in second bottom place but they also had a poor start to last season before rallying strongly and pushing third-placed Motherwell to the final weeks of the campaign.
Rankin said: "It's strange. Everyone says they expect Dundee United to be in the top four or five, but we were in the same situation last season - in the bottom two at the end of October.
"But we bounced back and went on a run. We have got that experience on our side. We know how to get out of this situation.
"Fair enough, we didn't want to be there in the first place but now we need to react and put a run together that puts us where we feel we should be.
"We have got the confidence and players that feel as if we can do that.
"It's all right standing here talking about it - we need to put the performances together on the park."
Rankin revealed the turning point last season was a poor performance against Aberdeen around the same point in the campaign.
The Arabs lost 3-1 to the Dons and gave their season the kiss of life following some frank dressing room exchanges.
Rankin said: "We turned the corner after that because obviously there were a few home truths spoken.
"It has happened again this season. A few of the boys aired their feelings and the manager has said what he feels as well.
"We had no days off and came in and spoke about it and dealt with it.
"Rightly so because we let ourselves down as well as the supporters and the club that day.
"You saw on Saturday the improvement in attitude and application and desire we had. We were desperate to get the three points and were gutted not to get the three points.
"But the performance was definitely something to build on."
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