Rudy Gay has played only 10 games with the Kings, but he remembers what he saw of them.

When things got tough, they usually didn’t show the mental toughness to deal with it.

“There was times before playing this team you would see guys just drop their heads, and we didn’t drop our heads (Tuesday),” Gay said. “We kept it positive.”

The Kings showed the kind of focus they’ve lacked and pulled off their biggest road victory of the season. Trailing the Houston Rockets by three points with 1:40 to play, Sacramento responded by scoring nine unanswered points and won 110-106 at Toyota Center.

After so many games where the Kings looked panicked and confused down the stretch, they exhibited poise on offense and defense.