The Rams looked in serious trouble earlier in the season - defeat at the Lane in October left them stranded at the bottom of the Premiership and without a win in their opening 10 games.
But a goalless draw at Arsenal sparked a revival and although far from being out of trouble, Jim Smith’s men now sit two places above the drop zone.
Freund said: “I remember playing Derby earlier in the season, we won 3-1 and they were bottom with only five points after 10 games. Then I thought they were going down.
“But they have had a great comeback and they have a great chance to stay in the league. It has been a great performance.”
The trip to Pride Park is followed by Coventry City’s arrival at the Lane on March 17.
Both teams are in the bottom five but midfielder Freund scoffed at the suggestion the the fixtures represented the perfect chance to get back on the winning trail.
He added: “I can remember at the start of the season we had 10 points from five games, a good start, and we had games at Coventry and Charlton and at home to Manchester City but we only managed one point.
“Everyone thought we had the chance then so I don’t look at Derby and Coventry this month as games we will automatically win.
“Just look at their situations - very hard for both clubs. If we concentrate of course we can beat these teams but there is no easy game in this league.”
Steffen Freund has paid tribute to Derby County’s revival.