Gabriel Agbonlahor believes Aston Villa's Capital One Cup success could be the catalyst for a Premier League improvement for Paul Lambert's struggling squad.
Agbonlahor played his part in securing a quarter-final meeting with Norwich City in the 3-2 defeat of Swindon Town and the striker hopes that will inspire much-needed confidence as Villa look to find a cure for their worst start to a season in more than 40 years.
England international Agbonlahor knows Villa have to find a solution to their league problems quickly, with a daunting run of fixtures starting against Sunderland and former manager Martin O'Neill this weekend.
Villa meet Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal after the trip to the Stadium of Light and have managed just one league victory so far this season.
"We hadn't won for a few games and that Swindon win will give us a boost. Hopefully we can take that into the Sunderland game," he said.
"This win will give us some confidence. We've got a lot of young players. Everyone is gelling together, and a cup run can lift spirits."
Agbonlahor also believes Christian Benteke is starting to develop into a new Holte End hero, after a slow start with the club since his £8 million move from Belgian club Genk.
He can see similarities between Benteke and former Villa striker John Carew, who was a popular player at Villa Park during his four-year spell.
Benteke's two goals against Swindon followed his Premier League strike against Norwich and two goals on international duty and Agbonlahor has joined the list of admirers predicting big things from the 21-year-old.
"Christian gives us a different option and he can hold the ball up similar to when John Carew was here. He can also win a lot of aerial balls and he can finish as he showed at Swindon. It was world-class finishing," he said.
"When you've got a striker like Christian who can finish the chances, it is a big boost. You know if he gets those sort of opportunities, he will put them away.
"He is still learning, but game by game he will get better and better. He is still learning in training, is working hard and you can tell by his performances how good he is. He can have a big future."