The 23-year-old struggled to find form early in the year and reached a tipping point when he had just eight touches against the Hawks in round seven, in what he described as "a pretty horrible day".
But he said facing his teammates and hearing a blunt assessment of what he needed to work on helped him regain his senior spot in round 14 and hold it ever since.
"It's fair to say I did need a clip and I was taking a bit of time to find my feet at my new club," Savage told SEN on Wednesday morning.
"The leadership group gave me some really good feedback and the main message from them was to come in and believe in yourself.
"That's what I've done and I praise them for doing that because it's really helped me play some good footy."