Midfielder Camel Meriem has credited manager Claude Puel's approach for Nice's excellent showing this season.
Le Gym host struggling Reims in Ligue 1 tomorrow night hoping to close the four-point gap to third-placed Marseille and put distance between themselves and the top-four chasers.
Meriem told www.ogcnice.com: ``Claude Puel has taught us his hatred of defeat. And to do that, he places great emphasis on possession and control over the game.
``This philosophy allows us to play and to put quality in our game. Generally, the club is growing up, quietly, with the serenity and rigour required. We are ambitious. We feel good where we are, and we intend to do everything to stay.''
Nice lost 3-1 at Reims in October but the northern side have struggled to put results together and head into tomorrow's match one point and one place above the bottom three.
``They started the championship well and caused us a lot of trouble, even if we did not have a great game,'' said Meriem.
``Since then, they seem a little sterile, they are struggling to win. They did beat Nancy recently and it may serve as a trigger. This is a team that plays for its survival and we know what to expect.''
Reims have boosted their survival hopes with four points from their last two games - victory over Nancy and a draw with high-flying St Etienne.
Manager Hubert Fournier has taken confidence from those results, and told www.stade-de-reims.com: ``We must be ambitious in terms of points.
``Nice is a team with quality players. They have all the ingredients for a great season, so their results are not surprising.
``This is an opponent of the calibre of St Etienne. And we have seen that, if we have the necessary intensity, we can succeed in making problems for them.''