Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says his side shouldn't look to the league table ahead of this weekend's game against Stoke City, with the manager insisting a team of the Potters' quality should be higher in the league.
Following Gary Rowett's appointment in the summer, City embarked on a spending spree that resulted in a number of eye-catching recruits.
The likes of Tom Ince, James McClean and Benik Afobe were three notable names arriving in Staffordshire.
Since Rowett's departure and Nathan Jones' appointment as boss, the Welshman has acted to further bolster the squad in the January window, with permanent moves being completed for Sam Vokes and Danny Batth.
And Mowbray believes the Potters are now getting to grips with a new level after relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.
“It’s a team now that has a realisation of the league and one that has kept clean sheets in the last five games," he said to iFollow Rovers when previewing the game.
“The statistics of four consecutive 0-0s show that they have struggled to score goals, which is slightly surprising considering the quality they have at the top end of the pitch.
“It tells me they have sorted out the defence and they have Ryan Shawcross and Danny Batth at the back, who has helped solidified things.
“They have Joe Allen, Sam Clucas, Tom Ince, a good team with good players.
“It’s a game where we’ll compete and respect the opposition, but we know we need to be at our best to get the three points."