Peterhead’s Jack Leitch says they can take confidence from the Scottish Cup defeat to Morton into the league campaign.
The Blue Toon return to League Two business on Saturday when Annan Athletic visit Balmoor.
The Buchan outfit go into the clash following Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Morton in the Scottish Cup third-round replay.
Jim McInally’s men held the full-time Championship side to a 1-1 draw at Cappielow last weekend, but couldn’t finish the job in the replay.
However, Leitch believes the confidence gained from matching a full-time outfit who are two leagues above Peterhead can be used as a booster for the important league games ahead.
The midfielder said: “It is a boost for us because we have competed with a team that’s two leagues above us.
“We matched them in the first half on Tuesday, and last Saturday we probably should have won the game with the chances we had.
“So we can take confidence from the cup tie and we need to take it into Saturday’s game now and concentrate on the league.
“It was disappointing for us on Tuesday because I thought in the first half we played some nice stuff and created some chances against the wind as well.
“We were in quite good shape and the second goal kills us when we had a bit of momentum with the wind.
“It’s one of those things. You are going to get punished if you make individual mistakes at this level.
“I think we matched them and Morton’s quality perhaps reflected in the performance on Saturday.
“We just need to take the positives from Saturday and the first half on Tuesday into Saturday against Annan.”
The clash with Annan will be the Blue Toon’s first league fixture since November 10 and they are looking to return to winning ways.
Three weeks ago, a 2-0 loss to Queen’s Park saw them fall off the top of the table.
Peterhead trail leaders Edinburgh City by two points. After Annan, they make the long trip to Berwick before facing rivals Edinburgh on Tuesday December 11 in a crucial match.
Leitch wants to build momentum for what could be a vital few weeks in the Blue Toon’s season and he believes the best way to start that is by beating Annan on Saturday.
He added: “We haven’t won in the league for a while, so we are desperate for the next game.
“We want the three points on Saturday to try to climb the table to the top.
“Next we’ve got three or four big games which includes playing Edinburgh away from home and a couple of wins before that would put us in a good position.”