Buckie boss Graeme Stewart says Thistle are on a mission tonight to avoid finishing the Betfred Cup group stage with no points.
The Jags host League One Raith Rovers at Victoria Park in their final group match of the League Cup.
The Highland League champions have lost 4-2 at League Two Cowdenbeath, 3-0 at home to Championship side Dundee United and on Saturday went down 2-0 to Premiership Dundee at Dens Park.
Stewart wants to avoid finishing with zero points, meaning they have to take something against the League One outfit tonight.
He said: “We just have to go out and give it everything to try to get a result.
“We’d like to finish the group stage with a point, or two points or all three.
“We don’t want to finish bottom with zero points so we’ll be taking it very seriously and trying to get something.”
There were some encouraging signs for Thistle in Saturday’s loss to Dundee.
Stewart believes they are far better prepared for the visit of Raith – having had the previous three matches to increase fitness and match sharpness – than they were at the start of the group stage.
He also hopes they can take the same attitude into Saturday’s Highland League opener at home to Clachnacuddin as they look to defend their title. He added: “We are sharper and need to use this competition positively.
“Last season we went into the season having won six games in a row but they were against amateur teams.
“But if you look at it from a distance you’ll see that our preparation this year is so far in front of last year.
“The boys are at a different level because of the teamswe have played in the League Cup. If we take the same attitude we’ve had in the League Cup into our first Highland League game against Clach we should be fine.
“I might change the team a bit because it is a quick turnaround from Saturday against Dundee.
“I want to have my strongest side available for the first Highland League game. I want to give some people game time, but we want to get a good result against Raith.”
Meanwhile, Buckie have given permission for their captain Kevin Fraser, 26, to join Inverness on trial.