Stuttgart will look to continue their surge up the standings when they host Werder Bremen on Saturday with a place in the top four up for grabs.
Since Thomas Schneider replaced Bruno Labbadia as Stuttgart coach, the Swabians have picked up 10 out of a possible 12 points.
Rather than the early season doom and gloom, the pre-season predictions that Stuttgart could be one of the leading protagonists now appear to be coming true, and Martin Harnik, who comes up against his former club, has vouched for the new positive atmosphere within the club.
``I wake up every morning really looking forward to coming to training,'' said the Austrian forward on his club's website.
``I'm really motivated to train. Of course there are days when nothing goes right and you just want to go straight back home, but most days it's good.''
Harnik has found appearances hard to come by this season with Vedad Ibisevic in such blistering form and Alexandru Maxim emerging on the scene.
However, even if he may not feature against his former club, he knows his chance will come again.
``I'm only human and I know there are phases like this,'' he said. ``Of course I would love to have only highs, but the lows come hand in hand.
``It's not the first time I've been spending my time coming off the bench and it certainly won't be the last time.
``But I'm happy to sit on the bench for one or two games if the team are successful rather than me playing badly.''
Bremen would probably be happy to have him back on their bench given the lack of players due to injury. Cedrick Makiadi is out while Assani Lukimya is a doubt.
``I've not said it before, but slowly it's starting to hurt,'' said coach Robin Dutt. ``Before the season started, we thought we had too many midfielders and if they were all fit, we would have a problem.
``But now everything looks completely different. We're definitely going to have to call up a few players from the youth team.''