John Terry has labelled next week's derby at Wolves as a "huge game", and says it's vital that we keep our momentum going throughout a challenging October.
After collecting 14 points from a possible 18 last month, the claret and blues now go to Molineux and then to St Andrews to face Birmingham City, either side of a home fixture with Fulham.
And Terry, who has been at the heart of a defence that conceded just one league goal in September, is now relishing his first derby match for the club.
He said: "It's a huge game because Wolves are flying as well - it's always a tough place to go.
"We've got Birmingham a few weeks later as well, so we need to keep performing, fighting for each other and our places.
"We've got to keep this momentum going as long as possible.
"It's been much better [in September] and we're closer to where we want to be.
"We're climbing the table, keeping clean sheets and winning football matches.
"It's given everybody a lift around the training camp, as well as Villa Park - the fans can feel that.
"The performances are there - they're much better and we're moving in the right direction."
Just four points now separate Villa and Wolves in the Sky Bet Championship table following our 1-0 win over Bolton at the weekend.
And Terry admits that having to grind out the latest victory in difficult circumstances made it all the more sweet.
He added: "They all count - it's a big and important win.
"We weren't at our best I didn't think, but they're the ones that are more important.
"It's difficult because a lot of teams come here, sit back and make it difficult for us to break them down - because we're a big club and a big team.
"It's important that the fans and the players all remain patient in those times because we've got goals in this team - keeping clean sheets as well is an added bonus.
"We've had to find a way to get around the difficult moments, and we have done."