The popular Irish defender has taken the skipper's armband off injured Jamie Redknapp for the last six games - during which we're unbeaten and have conceded one goal.
"I don't know about any magic touch," he laughs. "I think the lads are working really hard.
"We were going through a really tough time, leaking goals and we've turned it around with a lot of hard graft. Everyone in the team is grafting."
Even better news was that the clean sheets and unbeaten run continued with the 1-0 Carling Cup win against West Ham on Wednesday despite caretaker boss David Pleat making two changes to a back four - Gary Doherty and Christian Ziege coming in - and four changes in total.
Steve added: "It was good to see Christian back, he's been out a while and was unlucky again and Gary Doherty did brilliantly again, just like at Leicester.
"It's good to have defenders coming in and doing a great job. It shows there is a continuity and spirit about the team. It was tough, which you would expect from West Ham, but we looked strong."
Stephen Carr raises a smile when it's suggested that the steadying of our defensive ship has anything to do with his stint as stand-in captain.