Angus MacDonald has hailed the camaraderie inside the Tigers' dressing room and insists everyone at the Club will continue to fight for results until they are mathematically safe from the threat of relegation.
Eight points from the last five games have lifted Nigel Adkins’ side to 18th in the Sky Bet Championship table, nine points clear of the bottom three.
However, with three matches still to be played, MacDonald certainly isn’t taking the approach that his team are completely out of danger.
“We’re not thinking we’re safe yet,” he said. “Only when you’re mathematically safe, are you safe. We want to reach 50 points and then we can start enjoying games a little bit more.
“There’s a really good atmosphere around the training ground and in the changing room on a day-to-day basis.
“As of late, the team has been mixed enough that everyone has had an opportunity. It’s important that we’ve had that with it being a large group. We all know that if we perform well, in training and in games, we’ll get a chance.
“Everyone – whether you’re in the starting line-up, on the bench or not in the 18-man squad – is involved and in it together.
“We’ve come a long way since January. Everyone has pulled together – wanting to be safe – and that continues to be the case. As I say, we’re fully focused ahead of facing Bristol City and we want to get the result needed to make ourselves safe.”
MacDonald will be making his second trip of the season to Ashton Gate this afternoon and will be hoping for a better outcome than his first which ended in a 3-1 defeat with former club Barnsley on the opening day of the season.
“I still have nightmares about that game,” he joked when speaking to the press ahead of Saturday’s trip to Ashton Gate.
“We were three-nil down after about something like half-an-hour. They looked like they were a very good organised side that day and they’ve proven that since with the season they’ve had.
“As I say, they’ve had a good season but have hit a little bit of sticky patch at the minute. Hopefully, we can take advantage of that, go there and pick up what would be three massive points for us.”