Chris Gunter says the Royals want to put a 'difficult week' behind them, with a strong performance and result against Sheffield United this weekend.
Scott Marshall takes caretaker charge of the Royals for the visit of the Blades on Saturday, with the Sky TV cameras in town for an evening kick-off under the lights at Madejski Stadium.
It's back to business on the pitch for Reading, after a late equaliser last time out against Stoke earned them a point at home in an entertaining 2-2 draw.
Speaking before the visit of Sheffield United, Wales international Gunter said: "We need to turn performances into more points, we're fully aware of that - there's no point in saying otherwise.
"It's another game this weekend against a team that's doing really well. I think in the last couple of weeks, playing against teams higher up in the league, we've performed quite well.
"With a bit of improvement in certain areas, maybe a little bit of luck too, we can get the three points and put a difficult week behind us.
"We've looked at Sheffield United and they play a different way compared to most teams - the way they set up and the things some of their players do.
"Generally, we played against them last year as a squad and I think we'll know stuff about them. As always, as boring as it sounds, it's about looking at them and making sure we do as well as we can - hopefully, that's enough for three points.
"It's a really busy time around Christmas and new year, there are lots of games and if you can put a good run together, it's a chance for us to move up the league and try to push on.
"No-one's satisfied or happy with where we are in the league, it hurts. We'll continue to work hard and believe in what we're doing.
"There will be a change now, we'll believe in that and hopefully over a busy time, we can pick up points in a short space of time and move up the league."