Slutsky oversaw an impressive 4-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers ahead of the international break, and he wants his side to carry on from where they left off when they visit Pride Park for a 7.45pm kick-off.
“Each win is very important, not just because of the three points for the table but because of the positive emotions it brings,” said Slutsky.
“That is for us as a team and for our supporters. That win against Bolton was good, but it was only our second win this season and now we must move forward again and take another step. We have been preparing well for the game against Derby County and working very hard.
“We want to bring the mood from the Bolton game forward into this match. The first match after an international break is always a little bit different and unpredictable because you don’t have your full team in the week before the match.
“There will be some changes to our team, one or two absolutely because we have some new players and some players coming back from injury.”
Slutsky expects a tough test against the Rams who, like the Tigers, have seven points from their five games so far.
“I went to watch their last match against Sheffield United, and I have seen all of their other matches as well, and they are a good team,” continued Slutsky.
“They play with an interesting formation and have some very experienced players. Of course they also have two of our former players with Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone and it will be a very difficult match.
“It is something that we can say about every team in this league, but we can also say that every team has strengths and weaknesses and we of course must look to make the most of their weaknesses.”