Nigel Clough has pinpointed continuity as a major reason behind the Blades current five-match unbeaten run in all competitions.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Stevenage, the Gaffer remarked: "It isn't often possible to continually get the same 11 players on the pitch every game, but we are looking for a nucleus of around 8 or 9 lads that we can depend upon.
"It offers the squad a real continuity and consistency in terms of selection and understanding amongst the players which in our case is improving all the time.
"When we came we knew we had to be more difficult to beat, so tightening up defensively is always a priority in a struggling side, going forward we knew we had players who can create chances and more importantly score goals."
Clough added: "Our performance against Swindon was a good yardstick of how much we have improved. We limited them to just a couple of opportunities, whilst offensively we looked a lot brighter and Jose (Baxter) popped up with another goal.
"We need to continue to work hard to be more of a threat as an attacking unit, the focus hasn't been solely on defending, but it was just an obvious starting point when we arrived."