Lincoln City defender Richard Hinds says manager David Holdsworth's hard line on discipline is vital if the Imps are to revive their season.
Holdsworth has promised 'a mini pre-season' during Lincoln's two-week break between Blue Square Bet Premier games.
Hinds told BBC Lincolnshire: "We're good players but we need to prove it and to do that we have to be fit.
"He can have two weeks to work on our fitness and discipline and that's what we need. It will be good for the club."
The 31-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday and Scunthorpe centre-half, who was Holdsworth's first permanent signing as Lincoln manager, added: "He'll instil discipline and that's something I like. I've played under tough managers before and it inspires me.
"Some lads can't handle it but I really like it. He's doing things right here and, given time, I think he'll do well."
The two-week gap in the Imps' fixture list is because of their FA Cup exit at the hands of fellow Blue Square Bet Premier strugglers Alfreton.
"You wouldn't want to be out of the FA Cup," said Hinds. "It would have been good for the club to get some money in, but it's come at the right time.
"It's going to be a tough couple of weeks but it's the right thing."