Peterhead defender Jason Brown has said getting the victory over Hearts on Tuesday gives the Blue Toon confidence ahead of their win-or-bust game today.
The 21-year-old scored his first goal for the League Two outfit when they defeated the Premiership side 2-1 at Balmoor.
The victory leaves Peterhead level on points with the Edinburgh club going into the last game, with Dunfermline at the top of the table with a two-point advantage.
Three points in the Highlands later today, against fellow League Two side Elgin City, will see Jim McInally’s men go through to the next round of the competition.
Jason now believes the game at Borough Briggs becomes a “massive” one in their bid to reach the knock-out stages for the second year running.
He said: “It felt great to get my first goal for the club in such a big game.
“You can tell by my smile I am absolutely delighted to score.
“Elgin is now a massive game for us. If we win we will obviously get through to the next round of the cup and that’s what our main aim is now to look forward to that game.”
Brown, younger brother of Jordon who plays in midfield for Peterhead, signed a one-year deal after being released by Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the end of last season.
Jason spent the last part of the previous season on loan at Cove Rangers where he helped them win the Highland League Cup with a stoppage-time winning goal against Formartine.
Now Jason, who also spent a period on loan at Arbroath, believes the victory against the Jambos will set them up well for the crunch match in the north derby.
He said: “We are using this cup to get ready for the new season ahead and to get some confidence, and I think we have done that.
“Hopefully the momentum from the Hearts game will help us against Elgin and going into the new season.
“Our main aim this season is to get out of this league. It is not going to be an easy task but we have a good set of players here and hopefully we can do that.
“Hopefully the fans can get up to Elgin in good numbers and cheer us on.
“Three games in a week is tough so we need their support.”