Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs captain Siphiwe Tshabalala said there were strong indications that the defending champions had turned the corner, having won three of their last four matches in all competitions.
Critically though, Chiefs' title campaign is back on track after they moved into the top four of the Premiership standings this week and are now just two points behind leaders Bidvest Wits.
Tshabalala said the transition, after the departure of former coach Stuart Baxter, was always going to be difficult for the club. However, he thinks the worst is now behind them, as the Christmas break draws closer.
"We knew we needed to be patient to achieve what we want and regain our winning form," Tshabalala told Goal website.
"We had a new coach and some new players at the start of the season and we knew we had to be patient before the team started gelling and the players understand each other."
Prior to this week, Chiefs had drawn five of seven matches in the Premiership. However, the win against Mpumalanga Black Aces has re-ignited the team's belief and Tshabalala thinks this could be the start of things to come.
"We have seen where we were lacking and we have improved our game," he said.
"Patience has seen us through, hence you are seeing the results are starting to show now."
Meanwhile, Amakhosi are preparing to take on Orlando Pirates on Saturday, October 31 at the FNB Stadium.
Kick-off is at 15:30.