Melbourne's reversal of fortune on Saturday was, at least in part, a matter of chatter, in the opinion of veteran Daniel Cross.

The Demons recorded their first victory  of 2014 with a 23-point win over Carlton, and Cross credited an increase in on-field talk as a factor.

"I certainly noticed a massive change in that for us,'' he told 3AW on Sunday. "It certainly does make a massive difference, even if you're talking absolute rubbish it makes the other side think, 'wow, these guys are on and they're focused and they know exactly what they're doing', even when you may not.''

The former Bulldog indicated that having been pummelled a fortnight earlier by West Coast, coach Paul Roos had mandated a return to basics that, in turn, lifted the players' confidence.

"The last couple of weeks we've been doing a lot of reviewing on basically just our set-ups and our structures,'' Cross said. "It does make a massive difference when we get those things right.

"I think yesterday we were still beaten in the clearances but we were able to set up and not allow them to walk out of stoppages easily and put pressure on them, and they're simply the things we've been able to turn around.

"The coaching staff, led by 'Roosy' -  that's what they're all about - creating good habits for the guys ... regardless of whether you're playing well or whether you're having a terrible day.''

Key defender James Frawley has been shifted forward in recent weeks to fill the void left by the retired Mitch Clark and injured Jesse Hogan, a move that Cross suggested had reinvigorated his teammate.

"I think 'Chip' [Frawley] played a lot forward in his younger days as a junior and he looks pretty natural up there,'' he said.

"It's a bit of a new lease on life [to play in a different position], certainly changing club it has been for me, and a change of position or role can certainly do that as well."

Cross appeared confident that Frawley, who starred with 14 marks and two goals against Carlton, would resist overtures from other clubs and remain at Melbourne in 2015, despite becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

"He's a very popular player amongst the playing group and I know he's great mates with all the players on the list, so if it came down to it I think it'd be very hard for him to leave,'' Cross said. "He obviously wants to know the direction the club's going and hopefully yesterday was a great start."

Influential on Saturday with 24 disposals, Cross said he was happy with life in his new guise as a Demon.

"I was pretty nervous and anxious at the start, moving from the Bulldogs after 13 years, but the guys welcomed me with open arms and I've created some great relationships already and the coaches have been really good

"I definitely feel a part of it. The club's made a real effort with the guys' families, my family feel really welcome, my wife and little boy, so it's a real family club and we're happy to be playing there."