Falkirk’s good run with six wins from seven games has been acknowledged with Peter Houston being named SPFL manager of the month for December.
The Bairns boss oversaw wins over Hibs, Livingston and Dumbarton during the successful sequence which was only interrupted by a tight defeat at home to Raith Rovers.
However the Bairns are back to winning ways after seeing off Alloa and the boss joked he hoped the prize wouldn’t be an unlucky omen for Saturday’s visit to Easter Road.
“It’s down to the players first and foremost,” he said. “It’s the old cliche.
“They have taken things forward.
“I always knew it would take a while to get the place sorted out with me coming in as a new manager and the players getting used to that, me learning about them and bringing in a new coaching staff, I knew it’d take a while to blend and it certainly has.
“But it’s come together now and the players have excelled over the past seven or eight games. Five clean sheets from seven and six wins from seven with only three goals conceded is great in any league.
“I’ve fiddled about with the formations and the players within it and sometimes you just fall upon a system that suit, and in many ways that’s what happened.”
The Bairns run of form began with a much improved second half in a 2-1 home reverse by Hearts which kicked off the victory run.
Included in that run was a last-gasp victory over Saturday’s opponents Hibs and Peter Houston added: “I think we defended very well last time we were at Easter Road.
“When they came here I think we just about shaded the match but there’s no doubt about it, Hibs are also on an incredible run at the moment too.”