Caretaker boss Chris Kiwomya believes that the fresh competition in the County ranks is getting the best out of striker Yoann Arquin.
The Frenchman has come off the bench to impress in the Magpies’ last two games - 1-1 draws with both Crewe Alexandra and Walsall.
In the weekend’s meeting with the Saddlers, Arquin found the net for the first time since the beginning of December and ended a run of 11 games without a goal.
This month, Kiwomya has added Manchester United’s John Cofie and Leicester City’s Jacob Blyth to the squad in an attempt to add more cutting edge to the Magpies’ attacks.
Arquin is now showing that he has what it takes to score the goals, which can get Notts back in Play-Off contention. .
Kiwomya told Magpie Player: “It’s competition, he played well last week but didn’t start this week and I wanted to see a reaction.
"Fair play to him, I got a reaction, because he came on against Walsall and did well.
“In the last two games, his attitude’s been brilliant – but it should be, he’s a professional footballer.
“I’ve spoken to him and we’ve looked at a couple of things and he’s going out there and giving 100 per cent.
“You can only take the horse to the water but the horse has got to drink the water, and I think he’s drinking the water at the moment.”
He added: “He made the difference against Walsall and it’s all about that consistency now to go out there and keep scoring goals and working hard.
“He can head it, he’s powerful, he can run and some of his goals this season have been very good.
“I think he’s capable of scoring twice the amount of goals he’s got this season.”
Arquin is in contention to start in the Magpies’ next npower League 1 encounter against Bury.