Johnnie Jackson admits he did not really relish the prospect of an enforced break from Premiership action, but suspects it might do the team good in the long run.
Last weekend's Carling Cup final involving scheduled opponents - and winners - Middlesbrough saw to it that there was no game on Saturday, while the 6th round of the FA Cup makes us inactive this weekend too. The team headed off for a spot of warm weather training in Dubai to prepare for the next game, which is against Boro on March 9.
"The run we're on you want to keep going," conceded the midfielder, who says the remainder of the season after the break could be approached as something of a mini-season. "We are going away, will come back fresh and I don't see any reason why we can't keep the unbeaten run going in the league.
"If you look at seven games ago we were around the relegation zone, but we go into this break midway in the league. If you look at the remaining games like a mini-season and we carry on putting a run together, we can secure a positive finish to the season."
Meanwhile. Jacko added that the team meeting last Monday following the 4-4 draw with Leicester did not focus solely on the negatives and served to remind that much has gone well in 2004 so far.
"No-one was singled out. It was highlighted that we have let in a lot of goals, but also that we have lost one in seven and there are probably only a couple of teams that have done better than that.
"As much as you might say we should have won on Sunday, which we all think we should have, there is nothing to be too downbeat about our form."