Former Wales international Martyn Williams hopes that the Ospreys' European Champions Cup renaissance can provide the catalyst for a mid-season surge.
Steve Tandy's men have struggled in 2017/18 but responded by securing successive victories over Northampton Saints in Europe's top-tier competition.
Although the Welsh region may fail to qualify for the knockout stages after opening their campaign with defeats to Clermont Auvergne and Saracens, 1213.00 to win the European Champions Cup outright, there has been an improvement.
With the Swansea-based outfit bottom of Conference A in the Guinness PRO14, Williams has been surprised by their disappointing run of form and believes that they can now start moving up the table.
He said: "Everybody's scratching their heads this year because in the summer nobody foresaw this, they thought Ospreys would be one of the strongest teams in the league.
"They always do struggle in the international periods when you take the likes of Alun-Wyn (Jones) out but four weeks ago they lost to a second choice Glasgow team by 40 points at home.
"The performances have been really abject and it's really difficult to put your finger on because it was the same coaches and the same players when they finished in the top-four.
"That kind of result against Northampton, though, can really change the season around. From an Ospreys' point of view, it's very unlikely they're going to get out of this pool when you've got Saracens and Clermont in front of you, but they will hope it kick starts the rest of their season.
"They've got far too much quality to be where they are."
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