Stephen Gleeson insists it is just a matter of time before Aberdeen hit top form.
The Dons take on Motherwell today having won only one of their first five Premiership games.
The only defeat in that run was at home to Kilmarnock on September 1.
Other than that, the Reds recorded three draws and have beaten Dundee.
Summer signing Gleeson knows the league start could have been better and believes Derek McInnes’ side could have had a few more wins.
But the 30-year-old is confident the Reds will click soon and reach the heights they know they are capable of.
He said: “I don’t think the start is too bad but it would have been good to have a couple more wins.
“I feel like we should have won on Saturday against St Johnstone.
“I don’t think we are a million miles off the pace, we’re very close to clicking and being at full pelt.
“Hopefully that happens in the next few weeks because we’re working our socks off in training.
“The spirit and mood in the squad is good so hopefully it clicks into gear on Saturday.
“We do feel that we’re close to clicking. The Kilmarnock game was a weird game from start to finish with us being down to 10 men so early.
“But other than that I think we have been good. Against Hibs we were a few minutes away from getting three points and last Saturday I feel we should have won.
“The mood is pretty much the same since the start of the season.
“We’re not too far off it and we’re not getting too worked up. When Saturday comes we’re looking to get the three points.
“We have played well in spells.
“We’ve taken a couple of punches to the face with decisions and we can’t dwell on that, we have to get on with it.
“I don’t feel personally there is any pressure on the camp.”
Gleeson has started every league game for Aberdeen this season and has been pleased with how he has started the campaign.
The former Birmingham and Ipswich midfielder had to sit out some of pre-season after picking up a knee injury in a friendly against St Johnstone for Chris Millar’s testimonial in July.
He is now fully up to speed and happy with the way he has bedded into the Dons team – but is always striving to improve his personal contribution to the side.
He added: “I’ve really enjoyed my time with the club. Great staff, great players and great fans.
“It’s been a mixed start because I got a niggle in pre-season but I’m completely over that now.
“I’ve started a lot of games. coming off against Kilmarnock (following Mikey Devlin’s red card) was frustrating and the Hibs game before that I was ill prior to the game and did well to get through 60 minutes. But I’m not looking at me personally, I’d rather talk about the team’s results and performances and if I’m involved in that great.
“I’m pretty pleased with my performances but I focus more on the team.
“There is more to come from me. I think everybody would love a run of five to 10 games to get going. But we’ve got a good squad and you get niggles and injuries.
“Every player would love to give more – at the moment I’m giving everything I’ve got for the team.
“Everybody as a group and individually is working hard to give more to the team to get results.”
Aberdeen’s opponents this afternoon caused the Reds problems last season.
The Steelmen, who have four points so far this term, eliminated the Reds from both cups. Even though that was before Gleeson joined the Dons he expects the Lanarkshire men to be similar to last season.
He said: “They’ll be a big side and a physical test.
“They’ll be wanting to get stuck in and will be coming for the three points.
“We’re looking for the win so hopefully our hard work in training can pay off and we can get it.”