Gary Caldwell’s first few months as Partick Thistle manager didn’t go according to plan.
A run of one win in his first games had left Thistle at the bottom of the table.
However, things have picked up in recent weeks with wins over Queen of the South and Inverness.
The reason for the upturn in form has been the raft of new arrivals who joined in the January transfer window.
Saunders has added a defensive stability at the back that the Jags have been lacking for most of the season. Hazard, on loan from Celtic, had turned a series of good performances. Cardle has added a goal thread to the misfiring side, scoring twice for Thistle so far.
Thistle seem primed for a decent run in the Scottish Cup, with a trip to East Fife standing between them and a place in the quarter-finals.
The league is what really counts though, as the Jags strive to avoid a second successive relegation.
Despite the upturn in form they remain ninth in the Championship table, and have a huge game against bottom of the league Falkirk next week.
A win in that game would go a long way towards securing safety for the club, and provide them with a platform to build on for next season.