Michael Mancienne believes that Nottingham Forest must start performing with more determination if they are to get back to winning ways.
The side have now gone nine games without a win in all competitions and have slipped down the table at an alarming rate.
This weekend they lost 3-0 to Huddersfield Town and it is a result which has pilled pressure on to the team.
Forest had made a brilliant start to the season, establishing themselves as the division's early pace-setters, but this recent run has undone much of their hard-work.
Most of the supporters at the City Ground are confused as to what could have gone so drastically wrong in such a short-space of time, but Mancienne believes that he can put his finger on the source of the problems.
"We need to get back to the fighting spirit we had at the start of the season when we did not look like a side who would be beaten," he said to the Nottingham Post.
"We had a real desire not to concede goals and a fierce determination not to lose games. We need to get that going again.
"As I said before, we just have to get back to basics. We have to keep things tight, take no risks and just be solid at the back."
Mancienne has largely impressed following a £1 million transfer from Hamburg in the summer, but he is part of the collective defensive unit which have lost their solidarity.
As a result, he will have to play his part in bringing back the steely mentality which Forest once had and it seems he is determined to improve.
Forest's next chance to break out of this slump will come against Brentford on Wednesday night in-front of their own fans at the City Ground.