Inverness midfielder James Vincent insists no one at the club is surprised by the team’s Scottish Premiership challenge.
Caley Jags are two points clear of Dundee United in third place and today visit Lanarkshire to take on a Hamilton Accies side that has lost three games on the bounce.
Inverness manager John Hughes initially struggled to pick up results after replacing Terry Butcher midway through last season.
But Hughes has drawn huge plaudits for combining victories with attractive football this term.
Vincent believes Caley Thistle are now reaping the benefits of their patience.
He said: “When the manager came in he wanted to get his ways into us straight away.
“We had a little rough patch at first but then we were all the better for a pre-season because we all knew what we were doing and we hit the ground running this season.
“We know we’ve got good footballers who want to play in a football style, so it’s not a surprise that it’s working for us. It’s a good place to come to work.
“It’s enjoyable because first and foremost the boys are footballers and no one wants to be the one who smashes people about and just wins headers.
“The manager is getting us to play in an attractive way that is getting results as well, so it’s good.
“They drill it into us as much as they can in training so we know what we’re doing and it’s structured and that’s what we want to take on to the park.”
Caley Thistle have beaten Hamilton twice already this season, with the Lanarkshire outfit struggling following a 5-0 thrashing by Partick Thistle on Wednesday.
Vincent reckons Inverness must be prepared for an Accies backlash but the 25 year-old is loath to worry about any results other than his side’s own.
He added: “Obviously, the Partick result will be at the back of their minds and they’ll want to bounce back. But we’ve got to expect that and be prepared for them coming charging out of the traps.
“Both games we’ve played against them were aggressive and high tempo and we came out on top.
“The table is always at the back of your mind. You always look at the results and in midweek the others did us a favour.
“But when it comes to a Saturday you forget about it. It’s one game at a time because the table changes that quickly.”