Mark Sorenson says the mood in the Saints camp is ‘super positive’ - despite the recent run of four successive defeats.
Northampton have toiled in the past few weeks, losing to Castres, Leicester, Saracens and Harlequins.
But they were not beaten by a heavy margin in any of those games and they should have ended their winless run last weekend, when Quins snatched a 31-30 win with a last-gasp try.
And Sorenson says the players are remaining upbeat ahead of this Sunday’s LV= Cup showdown with struggling Newport-Gwent Dragons.
“Last week we had a few less players around to normal but training has been superb,” said the second row forward.
“There’s loads of enthusiasm with young guys getting their chance to have a run in the team and to try to push for their place and selection. It was really enjoyable.
“This week we’ve had some good sessions and there’s no issue about getting up and getting things right. It’s all built for an exciting game this weekend.
And he added: “Training’s been super positive and really enjoyable. That’s a side to the game that we’ve got to keep enjoying things and perform to our potential no matter how old you are. That’s what you need to get the best out of yourself.”
But Sorenson knows Saints must eradicate the ‘silly’ errors from their game, which have cost them victory in recent weeks.
Last Saturday’s reverse to Quins came after Northampton presented the Premiership champions with three first-half tries, and a repeat performance must be avoided at Rodney Parade.
“We’ve played a lot of very good rugby and it’s about developing on that and just cutting out those silly little errors that are costing us points,” said Sorenson.
“You can’t afford to do that at this level and be chasing games down.
“Probably in the last three or four games, bar Leicester, we’ve given teams a good start into games through our lack of accuracy so we need to address it and get it right this weekend in this LV= Cup game.”