Peterhead captain David McCracken insists it is down to them to catch Montrose if they want to lift the League Two title.
The Blue Toon’s 1-0 loss to the Gable Endies meant the Angus side moved four points clear at the top of the table.
Jim McInally’s well-stated ambition this season is to win the title and go straight back up to League One.
But Stewart Petrie’s side are proving tough to shake off and the two are set for a title race.
Although Peterhead are four points behind, they do have two games in hand.
And the Buchan team’s skipper McCracken insists it’s up to the Blue Toon to win their matches in hand and chase down Montrose, because he doesn’t see them dropping points.
He said: “We move on because we are still in a decent position.
“It’s in our hands if we can capitalise on our games in hand.
“It was a disappointing result. But there’s still a lot of football to be played.
“Montrose will feel they are in a strong position at the moment but it is down to us to go and catch them.”
Reflecting on Peterhead’s defeat in the clash with the Gable Endies, the centre-back was disappointed to concede with what was Montrose’s only real chance of the game.
McCracken added: “There wasn’t much in the game. I thought we played decent in spells, but Montrose came with a decent game plan to sit in for spells and it worked for them.
“We’re frustrated because we look at the stats and we had a number of shots and opportunities.
“But we have to shut the back door because we gave them that opportunity they were waiting for and they took it.”
McCracken also believes the Blue Toon can learn about managing matches from the defeat.
He said: “Of course we can learn from that, particularly just in terms of managing the game at times.
“It’s things like how they are playing and how we are set up and managing the game in moments.
“But the game is done now and we’ll look forward. We’ll be positive and go on to next week now.”
This Saturday, Peterhead face ninth-placed Edinburgh City at Ainslie Park.
McCracken is keen to get back to winning ways and believes the Blue Toon will be helped by having no midweek games – something they’ve had for the previous two weeks.
“We’ve had a number of midweek games which have been tough,” he said.
“But we’ll have a good week and go back into Saturday’s game against Edinburgh City.”