Blackburn Rovers midfielder Elliott Bennett feels the turnaround in the club this season is down to the winning mentality of boss Tony Mowbray.
The 54-year-old arrived at Ewood Park last February and narrowly failed to keep the club in the Championship on the final day of the season.
That meant a drop into League One, but the former Celtic and Coventry boss has the Lancashire side on track for an immediate return to second tier football next season.
After a slow start to the season, Blackburn have been beaten only once in the league since October.
They've climbed to the summit of League One as a result, with the midweek 3-0 win at AFC Wimbledon giving them four points to spare on second-placed Shrewsbury.
He completely changed the mindset within the group and what he demands from each and every player.Elliott Bennett
Wigan, currently third, have games in hand on Blackburn and could overhaul them. The Latics come to Ewood Park on Sunday for what could be a defining game in the title race.
Mowbray deserves enormous credit for reversing the fortunes of the club, says Bennett.
"I think a massive part of it is the manager," Bennett said of Rovers' current position. "From when he came in he completely changed the mind-set within the group and what he demands from each and every player.
"What he won't accept is not working hard and when we do that we've got fantastic quality at the top end of the pitch as you see with Bradley Dack's goals (at Wimbledon). That what it's about, it's the whole group. Since the gaffer has been here that's what he demands."
Blackburn are 13/8 to beat Wigan on Sunday. The visitors are 2/1, while the Ewood Park stalemate is 11/5.
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