Chris Gunter says the Royals can continue their good run of form on Saturday afternoon, with three points away at Ipswich Town.
Despite surrendering a two-goal advantage against Cardiff City on Monday night, the Royals are now on a five-match unbeaten run heading into the weekend's game.
Gunter maintains that the Royals can play their way into contention in the Championship this season, with the half-way mark approaching in the campaign.
The Wales international said: "We're on a good run, it's important to try and keep positive. Over the last six or seven weeks we've been playing really well.
"You could see the respect that Cardiff, who were 2nd in the league, came and showed us, which is important. With a lot of games and a lot of points to play for, we're moving in the right direction.
"It's important to remember that, in the middle of December, nothing is set in stone and we're moving in the right direction, there's a long way to go in this season."
Having played there several times already as a player, Gunter says the Royals should know what to expect when they take to the pitch in Suffolk on Saturday afternoon.
"It's a tough game, it always is at Portman Road," he added. "Over the years we know what to expect from them, it's tough but, as ever, it's one where we look at them throughout the course of the week.
"When we go there we want to focus a little bit on what they do, but ultimately it's about what we do and make sure we go and play our game.
"We have a belief that when we do what we're good at, in the main it's enough to get a good result, which we'll certainly be looking for on Saturday, to carry on our good run and keep us moving in the right direction."