HE can’t quite put his finger on it, but powerhouse prop Lloyd Fairbrother has sensed a change in the Dragons camp since last month’s woeful display in defeat to Zebre.

Since that 26-15 reverse in Parma, the Dragons have won twice in three outings, with the loss to Ulster seeing Fairbrother and co deliver one of their best performances this season.

The Dragons now go into their final fixture of the Guinness PRO14 campaign against Edinburgh at Principality Stadium tomorrow (kick-off 2pm) still in with a shout of a potential Champions Cup berth.

For Fairbrother, that Zebre setback was something of a turning point for him and his team-mates, as things have changed notably in the month that has followed.

“We’ve got a great squad and we’ve been so physical in the last few weeks,” said the 29-year-old Cornishman, who recently signed a new two-year deal at Rodney Parade.

“We’ve talked about it as a squad and there’s something slightly different to the way we’re approaching games and the way we’re feeling in the games.

“We’re all just really enjoying it. It means a lot to us and we care about this region and each other, and that showed in the last 10 minutes against Glasgow.

“They threw everything at us and it didn’t matter. It wasn’t about organisation, or how you tackle, it was just because you care, it was brilliant to be a part of.”

He added: “Zebre away was a game we should have won and we just weren’t at the races. From that point on we really zoned in as a squad and it didn’t matter if we were playing in the park or a massive stadium, we had to get to that level each time.

“We found it against Ulster and then we upped it again against Glasgow when we were even more physical.

“I’m not too sure what it is yet, but when we get to that game day, we zone in. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing, what plays they are going to do or tackling technique, it’s because it means something.

“There’s definitely been a big shift over the last month. I’m not sure what it is, but we definitely keep dipping our toes into it and finding it.”

And the tighthead, who has retained his place in boss Dean Ryan’s starting XV for tomorrow’s game, is loving life in the Dragons front row right now.

“I’ve really enjoyed my rugby over the last month or so,” he said. “I’ve had some pretty decent games.

“I enjoyed last week, it was physical and the set-piece went well.

“Me, Brok (Harris) and Hibbs (Richard Hibbard) in the front row have had quite a few games together over the last month or two and it’s clicking quite well.

“We’ve worked hard for that position and if the internationals did slot straight back in, it’s no problem, you know you can come off the bench and have a big impact.

“It’s a real squad mentality here. Competition is good, it’s not bitter or pointing the finger at anyone, it’s about getting better, working hard and whatever team represents the Dragons on the weekend you know they’ll be going at it.

“Browner (Leon Brown) coming back is brilliant. I can go as hard as I can and then Browner’s going to come on and do his thing.”