Reds boss Danny Wilson has admitted he was “frustrated” not to sign anybody on transfer deadline day.
But Wilson remains confident the Reds can continue climbing the table with senior players now back in the ranks.
Skipper Martin Cranie, fellow centre-back Peter Ramage and leading scorer Sam Winnall are all back after injuries.
“I don’t think it’s any coincidence that with a couple of the senior boys [Martin Cranie and Peter Ramage] coming back in that we’ve improved,” said Wilson, who has seen his side win their last two fixtures to climb to 13th in League One and within four points of the play-offs.
“This part of the season is tough and you want your experienced players out there [on the pitch] as much as you can.
“We’ve had two very tough games and I’ve thought we’ve shown a great resilience in both of them.
“I think defensively we’ve been outstanding in the last couple of games – and that’s given us a platform to push on.
“It’s been a great week for us. We’ve spoken privately about getting a couple of results, it’s something we knew we were capable of.
“If you have a belief you can push things forward. We’ve got a fantastic set of lads.
“I can see us winning five, six or seven of the next run of games, which would put us in a good position.
“We’ve got the bit between our teeth at this moment in time, which is great.
Wilson tried to sign Port Vale striker Tom Pope before the transfer window shut as well as a number of other targets.
But the 55-year-old had to settle for long extensions for Chelsea’s Alex Kiwomya and Stoke’s George Waring.
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