Chelsea defender John Terry believes that Monday's goalless draw with Manchester United shows the defending Premier League champions are on the road to recovery.
The Blues find themselves down in 14th place in the Premier League table after a disastrous start to their title defence that eventually led to the recent departure of controversial manager Jose Mourinho.
Since Guus Hiddink took over the reins at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have recorded one victory and two draws, including the goalless stalemate against the Red Devils on Boxing Day.
While there has been a marked improvement from Chelsea's players in recent times, the London outfit remains perilously close to the dreaded drop zone. However, Terry feels the green shoots of recovery are already beginning to show and has backed his side to continue improving under the guidance of Hiddink.
"I think the desire and the effort was spot on," Terry told Chelsea TV, following Monday's draw. "The work rate was different class throughout the whole starting XI. But more importantly I just want to say thank you to the fans.
"I think we owed them that performance and I think they can slowly see the tide turning and us putting in performances and getting results.
"The desire in the group is there for everyone to see the last few games. For whatever reason we weren't winning games from the start and we are where we are and we have to build upon that and we have to change things around very quickly because, looking at the league table, it's horrible.
"With a quick succession of wins we can climb the table quickly."
Next up for Chelsea is a clash with fifth-placed Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday, 3 January.