Kevin McIntyre admits it has taken some time to get used to the left-back role again – but now he hopes he’s nailed it.
The 34-year-old scored his first Reds’ goal with a deflected free kick last Friday at Burton as Stanley made it 10 games unbeaten.
But goals are not his main job at the Crown Ground and McIntyre has had to get used to the left-back position again after a few years as a midfielder.
"I’m not going to lie and people who saw the first 10 or 15 games will tell you as well, it was difficult for me to get back into playing left- back," said the former Doncaster and Macclesfield player, whose last club was Shrewsbury.
"When I was at Shrewsbury I played centre midfield for about three years. I always knew I could play left-back but it just took a bit longer than I thought to get used to it again. Hopefully I’m doing alright now."
John Coleman certainly has faith in his defender.
"Kev has always chipped in with goals whichever club he has played for and I think we are seeing the real Kevin McIntyre now," he said.
"People were quick to point the finger at him early on in the season but he hadn’t played left-back in a while and he has settled into that role.
"I think being on four bookings has also helped him as it has disciplined his game a bit more.
"He has got a lot of experience and is a character around the dressing room and you need players like that."
McIntyre was a new face in the summer so he wasn’t part of the 12-game unbeaten run at the end of last season which secured a play-off berth for Stanley.
However he says he always had the belief that, despite a shaky start to their League Two life this season, the new-look Reds could turn it around and be challenging at the right end of the table in this campaign.
"I think we all knew we had the potential to be a good team but confidence builds with wins so, with not winning, especially away, it sort of plays on your mind.
"But as soon as we got the first win I felt the lads would believe in themselves more and then it has gone on and on and it’s brilliant.
"Hopefully we’ve got the confidence to go on and get as many wins as possible and stay undefeated for as long as we can."
The Burton game was massive against one of their play-off rivals and, due to last season’s sharp rise up the table, teams will be now taking note of Stanley – if they weren’t before.
And McIntyre admitted that it was a win which was down to a solid team show rather than individual performances.
"I think we worked really hard for the win and it’s just nice to keep the run going. Long may it continue!
"The reaction at the end of the game between the players and the fans shows that it was a great battling performance.
"We passed the ball well and everyone is working hard for each other which is great. This is a team that’s great to play in at the moment.
"Burton is a tough place to come to and they were in the play-off places and are a good team. We knew it was going to be tricky and that we were going to have to be on our game.
"We had to avoid doing what we did against Hereford where we were one down in the first five or six minutes so we made sure that we tried to play but kept it tight at the same time."
Coleman did have to make changes with defender Sean Hessey injured and Kevin Long returning to parent club Burnley.
Then it got worse when new loan centre half Toto Nsiala had to go to hospital after a clash of heads just after the break with Tom Bender making a rare Reds appearance.
But McIntyre says that just shows the club’s strength in depth. He said: "We had to change both centre-halves and credit to the lads who came in and the likes of Tom Bender.
"Dean Winnard played in the centre and him and Toto were outstanding until Toto was injured."
McIntyre was keen to play down his own part in the win, despite his first goal since October 2010.
"It was a big deflection but they all count so I was pleased to see it go in to be honest.
"But Ian Dunbavin made a superb save in the first half which for me changed the game completely. He pulls that save off and we go on to win. It was a massive save for me."
McIntyre showed his nerve and his eye for goal numerous times in his final full season at left-back for Macclesfield, scoring 10 goals – nine from the penalty spot – on his way to scooping the Player of the Year and top scorer awards for 2006/07.
So, should Stanley ever be awarded a spot kick, the responsibility for despatching it would appear to be in safe hands.
And now he hopes the current confidence and team spirit can help the Reds go one better than last season and move up to League One.
"I’m just happy to be playing and I’m loving it at the minute. I’m getting old now so I want to keep playing as much as I can but I think we’ve got a good blend of youth and experience here.
"Bryan Hughes has come in and has been outstanding. He’s brilliant on the ball and he’s just got League Two Player of the Month – that speaks for itself.
"We’ve also got young lads coming in who want to go on and have a great career so it’s all good at the minute."