Turning the year in the relegation zone, we've won five of seven Premiership games, drawing another, to take 16 points out of a possible 21 and move up to tenth in the table.
Despite that form, Doc knows disappointment is there after the way we lost a 3-1 lead against the Foxes before drawing 4-4 on Sunday.
He held his hands up for two mistakes but insists: "We'd have taken this position a little while ago when we were third from bottom.
"That's when the real panic stations were setting in but we've taken 16 from 21 points and had a couple of good away victories.
"It's how you look at it. It could be doom and gloom if you think about the draw and not going seventh but tenth and not too far off fifth place, we've got to start looking up and being positive.
"I think the fans can see there is an improvement but we've got to get it right at the back.
"It's not simply defending but cutting out the errors that are costing us. I was at fault for two on Sunday and if we cut that out, we could have won 4-2. But overall I think things are on the up."
Gary Doherty feels the disappointment of the draw against Leicester City more than anyone but believes we have to be happy with the overall picture in 2004.