Just 12 months ago, the Bulls were staring at a financial abyss after being told they needed to find £1million to keep the creditors at bay but a bumper Good Friday crowd of 20,851 answered their rallying call and cheered their side to a shock 12-4 victory over arch rivals Leeds at Odsal.
A year on, Bradford are on a firm financial footing under new owner Omar Khan and, as he prepares to take charge of his first derby on Thursday, former Leeds winger Cummins said: "Twelve months on, we're obviously in a better position. It was a bit of nightmare for everyone last year but I think those adverse times brought a lot of character out in us and that's what's fueling us at the moment."
He went on: "We're still carrying it with us but we are going to need the supporters behind us tomorrow, not just to support us but to send a message out as to where the club is.
"I want the fans to see just how far we have come as a team and as a club in the past 12 months."
In Thursday's other game, London Broncos will break new ground by staging their home game against Catalan Dragons at the home of Esher Rugby Union Club.
The club were forced to find an alternative venue after the Twickenham Stoop pitch was ruled unplayable and chief executive Gus Mackay says their frantic search took them to Hersham.
"It was the only venue we could find that was available," Mackay told Sky Sports News. "We had three days to turn everything around but we'll do it.
"I feel for fans - they're not happy with the decision - but the other decision was not to play the game.
"The team want to carry on with the winning run and the good form we're in and we might pick up a few new fans."