Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson has said his side have approached their second attempt at remaining in the Championship with greater belief.
Posh were relegated after one season in the second tier two seasons ago.
But Saturday's 7-1 thrashing of Ipswich has moved them on to seven points, a mark they did not reach until mid-September last time around.
"We're playing with belief and perhaps that's what was missing last time," Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
"We want to be competitive in every game we play and so far we have been.
"I think what I've got is a great dressing room, a good bunch of lads who never know when they're beaten and some very good footballers."
After going behind early on against Town, Posh rallied through braces from Paul Taylor and Lee Tomlin to lead 4-1 at half-time.
And they capitalised on two red cards for the visitors to extend their lead further after the break, thanks to a pair from Grant McCann and Tomlin's third.
"It was a great day for us. It was as comfortable as it could be when they went down to nine men," added Ferguson.
"But before that the most pleasing thing for me was the first half. For 20 minutes we carved them open and got four quick goals.
"Because of the level and who we're playing against, to win 7-1, and to be 4-1 up when it was 11 against 11, you have to say was very good."