Scott Brown says Peterhead are determined to prove they are the best side in League Two by going top of the table tomorrow.
The Blue currently sit in second place with Montrose, tomorrow’s visitors to Balmoor, a point ahead having played two games more.
Brown and his team mates are eager to triumph against the Gable Endies to move a point clear and then have their two matches in hand to move further clear.
The central midfielder said: “It would be nice for us to prove we are the best but even when we were sitting third or fourth in the league we knew the season was a marathon not a sprint.
“It’s the most cliched saying of them all about a football season, but it is genuinely the case.
“It doesn’t matter who’s top at Christmas or who is top at January, it matters who’s top at the end of the season and we know over the course of a season we can out ourselves up there.
“But if we do go top on Saturday we won’t rest on our laurels because we’ll still have 14 league games after that to try to secure the league.
“It’s not just a case of if we win on Saturday we’ve secured the league.
“It’s a chance to put down a marker but after that we’ve still got to go down to Montrose as well so it’s far from done.
“We’re going to need to treat all our games like cup finals so that come the end of the season we are the team going up automatically.”
For the Blue Toon squad it feels like they have spent the whole season chasing firstly Stirling Albion and then Montrose at the top of the league.
Brown says the experience of struggling to claw back points on their rivals spurs the players on to take their chance tomorrow.
He added: “It motivates us because we’ve worked really hard, I think at one point we were nine points behind Stirling.
“I think in the last 15 league games we’ve only lost two.
“Now that’s a really good record no matter what level you’re at.
“We’re a team in form and Tuesday was a good win (3-2) to grind out against Berwick when we weren’t at our best.
“We go into Saturday full of confidence and hopefully we can go officially top.
“But we know if things don’t go for us – which we hope doesn’t happen – but it can in football, then we know we are still in the driving seat.
“It’s a chance to put a gap between ourselves and Montrose so it’s a massive chance for us.”
Despite beating the Angus side 6-2 in the last meeting of the teams on December 30 Brown insists they are not taking anything for granted against Stewart Petrie’s side.
“Montrose have surprised everyone I think. I don’t think anyone expected them to be up there really,” he said.
“They’ve done really well and just seem to keep winning games. They’ve made it really hard for us.
“The result that happened the last time was a bit of a freak result because they’ve not conceded many goals so for us to go and score six was a bit of a one-off – so they’ll be looking for revenge.”