DANNY Wilson says the mood in the camp is "buoyant" ahead of the clash against league leaders Bristol City - despite the Reds having lost five out of eight home games this season.
Barnsley - who threw away a two-goal lead when Notts County visited Oakwell on Tuesday night - sit just two points above the relegation zone with games against South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United and in-form Colchester on the horizon.
Dismayed fans chanted for Wilson's sacking after the Reds' defence capitulated in the last match, but the manager is still encouraged by what he's seen from his side on the pitch.
"The attacking play has been absolutely superb," he said. "Notts County's defence is arguably one of the best in the league and we've cut them to ribbons at times.
"Mood in the camp is good. They're buoyant. I think they're in that frame of mind because of how well we've played at times."
Saturday's opponents Bristol City will pose Barnsley's temperamental defence a stern test, with the table-toppers arriving at Oakwell unbeaten in 14 outings.
"We've got to be at our best because they're doing so well," added Wilson, who managed City from 2000-2004. "They look like they're going to be a team that will maintain their position so they need respect.
"Any team in the league is beatable. We believe that if we can play attacking wise as we did on Tuesday we can score goals. We have to tweak the other side of our game, though."