Jim McInally believes tonight’s Irn-Bru Cup clash is Peterhead’s perfect chance to flip their form around.
The Blue Toon face Brora Rangers at Balmoor just three days after losing 3-0 to East Fife.
The League One side have lost three matches in a row, conceding 12 goals in the process.
Peterhead reached the final of the Petrofac Training Cup last season, the forerunner to the Irn-Bru Cup.
With recent changes to the format, repeating that feat looks a sizeable challenge.
But the Blue Toon are not looking beyond a tricky home tie tonight.
Brora have won the Highland League in two of the last three seasons.
McInally acknowledges this might be the best time for the Cattachs to visit Balmoor.
But by playing tonight, he thinks playing so soon after Saturday’s defeat gives them a chance to vanquish any lingering mental demons early.
He said: “Brora Rangers in my opinion are one of the best Highland League teams and we know how hard it is to play Highland League teams so it’s going to be tough.
“They will probably think it’s the best time to play us.
“I’m quite glad we’ve got it because you can maybe get Saturday out of your system quicker and we’ll see how the other boys do because everybody else will play that’s not been playing, we’ll freshen things up a little.”
After a bright start to the season in the Betfred Cup, results have nosedived.
Slack defending has been punished while goals have dried up at the other end.
Peterhead will also be without Jamie Stevenson thanks to a hamstring injury to make matters more difficult.
McInally has acknowledged confidence is low at the club after recent performances.
And he believes there is only one way the club are going to end their slump and turn their season around.
He said: “As I said to them after Saturday’s game, the only way to get out of this one is roll your sleeves up and work so hard.
“When you get that break, you just have to kick on but you have to work for that.”