SLOUGH Jets player-coach Slava Koulikov believes his side are finally beginning to turn their season around.

The Jets suffered a miserable start to the year, losing seven of their opening 10 matches including a 12-2 thrashing at Manchester Phoenix in October.

In a bold move to stop the rot, Koulikov axed stalwart Gregg Rockman in favour of unknown Czech Kamil Jarina.

The decision was met with criticism from some sections of support, but Koulikov insists a change of netminder is the catalyst behind Slough’s turnaround.

Speaking to the Observer, he explained: “It was a gamble but we made the change. Kamil has given the team confidence and given us an edge to go out and win games.

“Peterborough had a very good home record so it was huge to go there and pick up two points.

“You have to be playing well to go 3-2 up against the top side in the league (Manchester Phoenix) with five minutes to go. I was unhappy to concede so close to the end but the guys played brilliantly.

“It’s always nice to get three points, obviously that’s a good weekend for us. Five weeks ago we were ninth or 10th, so it’s a huge improvement.” However, Koulikov has warned against complacency ahead of games against Sheffield Steeldogs this Saturday and at Basingstoke Bison on Sunday.

“This league is getting tighter every year and anyone can beat anyone,” he warned.

“If you go back to our record in September and loses to Telford Tigers and Bracknell Bees, that shows you don’t have easy games.

“Basingstoke have got a very decent squad and it will be another tough game. We were 6-0 down the last time we played them, but showed a lot of spirit to get back to 6-4.

“We will take each game as it comes and see where we are at the end of the month. We’re not looking any further ahead because they’re all tough games and you need to concentrate.” **PICK up a copy of the Observer, out now, for all the latest sports news and action** **FOLLOW the Observer on Twitter @Observer_sports**