Villa were unlucky to fall to defeat against Manchester City last weekend, fighting back with two goals during the game, which made the Premier League champions sweat.
Gray has also suggested what he feels will be the key for Villa staying in the Premier League, with four games left to go in the current season.
“I think what Tim will be most pleased about is the way they fought back, the way they got hold of the ball and passed the ball, playing with courage in terms of wanting the ball – They have three out of their last four games at home and I think that will be a big factor because they’re playing well,” said Gray.
No one can argue with the heart and commitment that Villa are playing with at the moment, which has been superb.
Sherwood has created a positive culture, which has transformed the way the side have been playing against all opponents.
It’s important that continues because the cushion that Villa enjoyed above the bottom three has been slashed to two points, with the teams around them fighting back in the race for survival.
Villa Park, when it’s rocking, is one of the most intimidating places for any side to go to in the country.
If the side plays well and the fans see effort, they will respond and a vibrant Villa Park could put teams on the back foot at the start of games, with Sherwood encouraging his team to press forward and take full advantage.