Bob Harris believes forthcoming cup ties against Worcester City and Fleetwood, in the FA Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy respectively are a timely distraction from league matters.
United face Worcester first on Saturday on the back of consecutive league defeats to Millwall and Crewe Alexandra, but Harris, who made his first appearance of the season at Gresty Road, thinks a couple of cup victories will boost everyone's confidence and be good for moral.
The left-back commented: "Scoring early is the key to a lot the games, more so at Bramall Lane, but even away from home too.
"If we get our noses in front the game opens up and that's what we want to happen, that's always our aim, although we haven't done it enough this season.
"We have lost the last couple but sometimes a win or two in quick succession in the cup can give you momentum when you return to league action."
And Harris insists the Blades must remain positive moving forward, he added: "It is encouraging that we are creating numerous chances, but if you don't take them then ultimately you could always be punished and unfortunately that was the case at Crewe.
"We can't feel sorry for ourselves though, but things do seem to be going against us recently. We aren't taking our chances and one end and conceding poor goals at the other."