It felt like the end of the world – but Paddy Boyle insists Peterhead can’t allow the disappointment of the draw with Stirling Albion to derail their season’s ambition.
The Blue Toon were seconds away from clinching the League Two title on Saturday, leading 1-0 thanks to Jack Leitch’s goal.
But Peter MacDonald struck in the final 10 seconds of stoppage time to stop the celebrations in their tracks.
After that blow, the Buchan team will have to respond against Queen’s Park at Hampden on Saturday if they are to make their promotion dream a reality.
Peterhead are two points and five goals better off than second-placed Clyde, so a win or a draw at the national stadium should be enough.
And Boyle insists there is enough character in the Blue Toon dressing room to get the job done against the Spiders.
The 31-year-old left-back said: “We’re an experienced dressing room and you have highs and lows in football.
“Straight after the game, something like Saturday feels like the end of the world.
“But you brush it off, you go home and get over it.
“Within a day or two it goes to the back of your mind and you have to look to the challenge ahead.
“It’s difficult to do that, but we have an opportunity to go to Hampden now and win a trophy.
“If we can’t get ourselves up for that we shouldn’t be in the game.
“We knew before the Stirling Albion game we would have a chance, although we were desperate to get it done on Saturday.
“That is the positive that the situation is in our hands.
“Every other team in the league will want to be us come Saturday.
“We have stuttered a bit lately with a few draws, but we can do it.
“We need to take our chances and make sure we’re watertight at the back.”
Boyle admits the home dressing room at Balmoor was quiet after Saturday’s game.
But the former Ayr United player believes it’s important that Jim McInally’s side remember their destiny is still in their own hands.
Boyle added: “We were all gutted on Saturday and the changing room was very quiet after the game.
“We were so close to winning the game and the title.
“We missed a few chances to maybe put the game to bed and then concede with less than 20 seconds on the clock.
“There’s no denying we’re gutted because we’ve worked hard to be in this position.
“There is another chance next week and that’s the flip side of it.
“We’ve got to go to Hampden and try to win the league.
“We will get over this and we will have to go again on Saturday.
“It was just very quiet after the game because when you’re 20 seconds away from winning a league title it’s hard to say much.
“We’ve worked hard and the club has worked hard for two years to get in this position.
“There is a bit of emotional scarring – but we’re desperate to get over the line.
“We do have the players to go to Hampden this week and get a result.”