Aidan McIlduff insists Peterhead have to win every game if they are to have any chance of winning League Two.
Saturday’s 3-2 loss to Montrose at Links Park was a major dent to the Blue Toon’s hopes of automatic promotion.
A victory in Angus would have meant the Buchan side were top with six games left and in control of their own destiny.
However, the defeat leaves them three points behind the Gable Endies, who also have a game in hand.
On paper it looks as if Jim McInally’s side have the easier run-in of the two teams. Their remaining fixtures are against sides outside the top four with home games against Annan Atletic, Clyde, Cowdenbeath and Edinburgh City, and away matches against Berwick Rangers and Elgin City.
Meanwhile, Montrose face difficult trips to third-placed Stirling Albion and fourth-placed Stenhousemuir.
McIlduff admits his team need to win all of their games and hope other teams do them a favour by taking points off Montrose.
The left-back said: “We need to lift ourselves because we still have six games left.
“We need to win every game from now until the end of the season and hope that Montrose drop points.
“It’s down to luck with that.
“But this situation is also down to games in the past where we’ve dropped points when we shouldn’t have.
“But that’s football. It’s in their hands, but all we can do is just keep winning every week and hope that they drop points.”
Reflecting on defeat at Links Park on Saturday, McIlduff was frustrated with the Blue Toon’s defending.
The first goal Peterhead conceded came from a mix-up between Mason Robertson and Jamie Stevenson, which allowed Terry Masson to score.
The second was from a free-kick where Chris Templeman wasn’t picked up and the third was a free header for Lewis Milne.
McIlduff believes the Balmoor side needed to be stronger and deal better with pressure from the Gable Endies.
The 20-year-old added: “It’s tough to take, we put a lot into the game and looked comfortable. We scored twice and then individual mistakes cost us. It was individual mistakes and people need to take responsibility.
“Especially when Montrose were piling on the pressure with long balls, we need to take responsibility, man up and deal with it.
“It’s gutting at the moment, but we’ll keep going to the end of the season.”