Geordan Murphy insists it is not all "doom and gloom" at Leicester after they beat Northampton 27-20 to book a place in the Anglo-Welsh Cup semi-finals.
Leicester's third successive win in the competition means Gloucester, second in Pool Four, cannot catch them and a last-four spot is a timely boost for the Tigers.
The recent sacking of director of rugby Richard Cockerill - and a 43-0 hammering by Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup - had left Leicester reeling.
Yet while the Tigers are more used to fighting for the Aviva Premiership and the Champions Cup, Murphy was delighted to have beaten the Saints.
The assistant coach said: "I have been here 20 seasons and I don't remember having such a tough run of games. Emotionally, it can wear you down.
"But I believe that if the guys who take to the field play with the passion they did today, we can compete with anyone. It's not all doom and gloom.
"We have got some work to do because we are in a hole. The only way you can get out of the hole is to grab a spade and dig. We will work and get out of that hole."