Striker Steve Morison insists Wales are heading in the right direction despite their dismal Euro 2012 record.
Gary Speed's side are bottom of qualifying Group G without a point and face Montenegro in Cardiff on Friday.
They have won only once in five games since Speed took over and Norwich City forward Morison says they need to start securing points.
"We've got to start getting points and we've got to start winning games," he said.
"It's obviously difficult to get those points but we need to start doing it.
"We're not far way at all. We're doing what the manager wants us to do and we've got a good squad together.
"It's not easy [but] I think we're going in the right direction."
Wales were dealt a fresh world ranking blow earlier this month after dropping five places to 117th in the world.
Morison is still searching for his first goal at international level having won his first cap against Luxembourg last August.
Wales have also found it hard scoring goals, having netted only once during their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign so far.
That was Gareth Bale's fine individual goal in the 4-1 defeat in Switzerland last October and Morison admits Wales have not created enough chances.
"To score goals you need to create chances," said Morison. "As a team we haven't created many chances recently
"It's something we've talked about and something we're looking to work on."
Morison insists Wales are fully focused on Friday's match against Montenegro rather than next Tuesday's trip to Wembley to face England.
Twelve months ago Wales lost 1-0 in their opening game of the campaign in Montenegro, a side who are currently second behind England in the group.
"We've got to concentrate on Friday and once that game is out the way we'll worry about England on Tuesday," he said.
"We can't worry about that. We're looking forward to Friday first.
Morison is now a Premier League player having joined newly promoted Norwich during the summer from Millwall.
Paul Lambert's side have drawn two and lost one of their opening three games.
And although he has yet to score for his new club, Morison says he is capable of scoring the goals to help the Canaries survive in the Premier League.
"It takes time for everyone to settle down but I think I am settling down and I'm ready to start scoring some goals," he said.
Wales squad to face Montenegro and England:
Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion - Loan Birmingham City)
Defenders: Darcy Blake (Cardiff City), Danny Collins (Stoke City), James Collins (Aston Villa), Danny Gabbidon (Queens Park Rangers), Chris Gunter (Nottingham Forest), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City)
Midfielders: Joe Allen (Swansea City), Gareth Bale (Tottenham Hotspur), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andrew Crofts (Norwich City), Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), David Vaughan (Sunderland)
Strikers: Craig Bellamy (Liverpool), Simon Church (Reading), Robert Earnshaw (Cardiff City), Steve Morison (Norwich City), Sam Vokes (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Standby: Lewis Price (Crystal Palace), Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City), Ashley Richards (Swansea City), Rhoys Wiggins (Charlton Athletic), David Cotterill (Swansea City), David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Jermaine Easter (Crystal Palace), Ched Evans (Sheffield United)