What do you do to restore a good, winning table image after your image takes a nose dive?
I have struggled with this recently at the $5 blind level tables and am looking for new ideas to quickly restore my image. If I understand Bart's reasoning about how a bad image affects how others play you, then tightening up PF, vbetting thinner, and bluffing less often all make sense to me. However, these strategies require me to actually pick up hands, or hit flops, to work. It seems (maybe just in my head) that I get hit with stretches of dead cards/flops after my image gets destroyed, and I feel like I'm missing opportunities to restore it.
Some other things that I've done include waiting a couple orbits to reload my stack, essentially waiting for people to forget (or more likely remember less clearly) my bad image, with the thoughts that playing a shorter stack will allow me to make fewer mistakes, especially if I don't realize that I'm on tilt. Or perhaps waiting until some players have left or moved tables (in a must move game), or moving myself to the next table to reload, and also open up my game. Sometimes I also target players that have just moved to the table that did not witness my recent history, and view me with a clean image, for profitable spots.
Correct me if I'm wrong but it seems that restoring a good image requires winning pots, small or large. If this is the case, and players give me less credit when I'm in a hand with them, isn't it logical that I will get to showdown more often w them? And thus, want to be showing down the best hand? If so, does anyone ever take off a street of vbetting to do this, going for 2 sts of value rather than 3 for example. (This would seem counter-intuitive to the strategy of vbetting thinner.) Or what about over-limping wider in late position (if it's a passive table that allows it) to see more flops and try to win more pots with or without showdown? (Again, this contradicts the strategy of tightening up PF.)
Maybe it's just me but since I play a must-move game, and wait lists are long, I don't really have the option to switch tables. And taking a break or cutting my session short because of my image just doesn't appeal to me.
What am I missing here? What are your top 3 things you do to restore your image?