The former Crystal Palace manager had to the difficult task of taking over from a Forest legend in Stuart Pearce midway through last season – an appointment which left many rather sceptical.
With the club placed under a transfer embargo and opting to sell Michail Antonio last summer, Freedman had little manoeuvrability in terms of squad shaping and could only do with what he has.
The beginning of the season was tough, and some called for his departure after the club presided over an eight-game winless streak with only four goals scored during that period.
However, a 1-0 home win over the Rams has been the catalyst for a good run of form and now Forest boast the longest current unbeaten run in the Championship, standing at 12 games.
Showing his appreciation for the work done, Savage praised Freedman on social media site Twitter.
Must say dougie freedman doing a very good job at forest— Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) January 26, 2016
Forest’s latest 0-0 draw at home to Queens Park Rangers was their third straight clean sheet on the spin and extended an unbeaten home run stretching back to early October.
The Reds sit in 11th position in the Championship table, seven points adrift of the playoffs and only ten behind East Midlands rivals Derby when the gap was previously at 18 points.
The playoffs may be beyond Forest this season, yet real progress is evident under Freedman and with cost-cutting measures underway, for a long time the club on the whole is taking steps forward.