Manager Tony Pulis is content that his Stoke City side are beginning to earn recognition for their efforts over the past 18 months.
The Potters survived with relative ease last season and are again in mid-table safety this term, with Pulis hoping to improve on last season's points tally of 45.
He commented:"I think we have been accepted more this year after staying up. People have respected us more as a club and a team.
"I don't think we have ever been spoken of as a team that is going to get relegated after the first ten games of the season.
"We have made progress. We are a better team than we were last year, results prove that especially away from home.
"We want to get to 40 points and then beat 45, our total last year. Then I will be doing somersaults.
"It has been a massive learning curve for me and also for the players accepting that it is a squad game and being part of a group.
"It is not just the eleven that are picked. It is the 18-19 players who get you through a season. That is becoming more and more evident."