Nuno Espirito Santo’s side head to St James’ Park tomorrow (8pm) with the chance to make it five unbeaten, which would be their longest run without defeat in the Premier League this season.
Performances and results over the past month have lifted the spirits of supporters, and Saiss wants to continue that feel-good factor – although he insists the atmosphere among the squad remained positive even when results were not.
“Of course, we were disappointed about the last few games before this series as we didn’t get a lot of points,” he said.
“But the atmosphere between us was always good. We tried to stay positive as it’s a pleasure to be here every day.
“I hope we are going to stay in the same way – get more points and finish the season as high as possible.
“It’s always the same. We know the most important thing is us working day after day, to keep in the same way. We just keep our identity. We never change.
“It’s another tough game now as we know Newcastle need points.
“It will be tough – never easy to play there. For us, it’s important to win this game as we want to keep this confidence.”
Although the group mentality has not changed, Saiss has had quite the turnaround when it comes to bookings.
He has only picked up one yellow card this season, after 39 across his previous four league campaigns.
On that, the Moroccan added: “We spoke a lot about this and I had to improve on yellow cards. There was too many.
“You can be suspended, or when you take a yellow card at the start of the game, it can be hard to finish the game.
“I’ve tried to avoid doing as many fouls, and to be more clever. I’m happy because I’ve only picked up one yellow card this season. I hope to keep it at one yellow, and I’m happy to have improved in this way.”