Clive Allen believes the ever-growing team spirit amongst the reserve group has helped them to the top of the Barclays Premier Reserve League South.
The lads reached the summit after beating Derby County 1-0 at Pride Park on Tuesday night.
The win - thanks to Jamie Slabber's second half goal - was their sixth on the trot and eighth in nine league games
But they had to weather a storm in an entertaining second half as the Rams threw everything forward with Morten Bisgaard and Marcus Tudgay driving the home side on.
"Winning is a habit, a nice feeling and at times they are learning that they have to dig in," said Development Coach Clive. "They are doing that together, which is really pleasing.
"The team has changed and will change but there is a spirit there which is excellent.
"In games that are tough and Derby was tough and we knew it would be at Pride Park, they've applied themselves and they've got the rewards for that.
"The lads were lively in training on the Monday and took that into the game and the pleasing thing is that they are taking what they are learning on the training pitch into games."