"I didn't want to be scared of losing matches, I wanted to win them playing attacking football.
"The lads have responded to it and so have the crowd."
Blackpool have come into contention for a play-off place thanks to a run of six wins in seven games, with one match to go in the regular league season.
"If we win again, we're definitely there," said Holloway.
"It's a little bit different to last week where we could've won the two games and still not be there. But with Swansea losing last week it's definitely turned our way.
"My fans are all leaping about but I've got a cagey head on."
Blackpool's current run was started by last month's 5-1 thrashing of Swansea during the Welsh side's six-match winless run - the Swans' biggest defeat under manager Paulo Sousa who took over from Martinez last June.
Gary Taylor-Fletcher celebrates scoring in the 5-1 thrashing of Swansea
Holloway also has a Swansea striker in his ranks, Stephen Dobbie, who has helped them on their way by scoring four goals since being allowed to join on loan in January.
Blackpool's late surge echoes a similar run when they won promotion to the Championship in 2007 by winning their last 10 games, including the three play-off games.
And Holloway says that has been used to motivate the players this time round.
"There has to be a dream and there has to be something we can all grasp on to," he said.
"Someone has got to get there so why can't it be us?
"I think we deserve to get there and I'm sure Paulo Sousa thinks his team deserve to get there - they've been in those play-offs for two-and-a-half months.
"They are a fantastically organised club. He's taken over this year, so well done to what he's doing but we are having a go as well."
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