Suderland's Sebastian Larsson says that he always felt that playing in central-midfield made him lose part of his game.
The Swede is more comfortable playing out wide and he admits that he has found playing a more central role a struggle.
However, under Gus Poyet he has been moved into the middle of the pitch and he has still been able to thrive.
It has made Larsson re-evaluate his opinion of his ability to play as a central-midfielder and he feels that the Uruguayan's tactics are helping bring the best out of him.
"I thought I’d lost that part of my game when I started playing centrally," Larsson admitted to the Chronicle. "I feel like I’m getting back there.
"Without a doubt, it’s helped playing in a midfield three. It’s tough playing in the middle in the Premier League. Quite often, you come up against some big boys and you’ve got to battle away.
“But playing in a three gives you that bit of freedom to get forward a bit more - get into the box a bit more. I feel like I’m better-adapted to the position now."
The 29-year-old has played a crucial role in helping Sunderland turn their season around after a poor start, but he knows that his standards cannot afford to slip.
The Black Cats picked up a very credible point against Chelsea at the weekend, but their fixture list does not relent for some time yet.
The club's next game comes tomorrow night when they face Manchester City before tricky tests against Liverpool and West Ham United await.
Poyet's men are unbeaten in their last four games, but they will need to continue to extend this run over the next few games if they are to avoid slipping back into the bottom three.
Sunderland are currently three points above the drop-zone, which is not enough of a gap for their supporters to feel totally confident about their chances of survival.