Harry Redknapp was always confident Tottenham could push on this season - even after being drubbed by Manchester United and Manchester City in their first two games.
Spurs host Everton on Wednesday night aiming to go level with United and just three points behind leaders City.
It is certainly a turnaround in fortunes from when Tottenham eventually got their 2011-12 campaign under way, as they suffered a 3-0 defeat at Old Trafford and were then swept aside 5-1 at home by a rampant Manchester City.
However, since then Spurs have been beaten only once, at Stoke, and now lead London's challenge at the top of the table, and Redknapp said: "The belief and the arrival of a couple of players in through the door made a difference to everybody."
He added: "We were one or two players short and we had the [transfer rumour] situation with Luka [Modric]. There was a feeling around the club that it was a difficult period, that first couple of weeks.
"But once we got that out of the way with the international break we were up and running. I knew that once one or two came in that we would push on and we did."