Mason Robertson is using Peterhead’s Scottish Cup disappointment as motivation in their title race.
The Blue Toon are back on league duty tomorrow against Clyde at Broadwood.
Jim McInally’s side sit second in the table, a point behind leaders Montrose with three games in hand.
The Buchan side’s sole focus for the campaign is now on gaining promotion back to League One after they exited the Scottish Cup on Tuesday with a 3-2 fourth round defeat to Dumbarton at Balmoor.
Robertson is ready to try to return to winning ways against a Bully Wee side that will be dangerous opponents after beating Montrose 3-1 last Saturday – a result which helps Peterhead’s title bid.
The defender said: “Right now we are out of the Scottish Cup so the league is our only focus and the boys are all focused on it.
“We’re going to try to fight to win it this year.
“We’re in with a good chance to win the league but it is hard with all the teams competing and trying to take points off you. Every game in this league is not easy.
“But we’ve shown ourselves that we can do well this season and the boys have been great.”
Robertson performed well against Dumbarton in the cup and he was frustrated that the Blue Toon did not at least earn themselves a replay.
He added: “The team played absolutely brilliant, but we just slipped a few times and allowed them to break us by scoring.
“We were disappointed, but we never gave up and we kept fighting all the way and managed to nick one back to make it 3-2. The third goal was disappointing, though.”
However, the 23-year-old took a lot of encouragement from acquitting himself so well against a Championship side.
Robertson also feels he has benefited this term from playing alongside Peterhead’s vastly-experienced captain, David McCracken.
He said: “It was great because Dumbarton have been in there for three or four seasons and they have been doing well and are still in the Championship.
“It’s nice for me to play them and feel like I can actually compete.
“We played Dundee in pre-season and did well against them as well so it’s good to get that experience.
“As a young centre-back trying to learn the game it’s just good that I get to learn from a guy who has played at a really high level. I’m getting the experience from him, he’s teaching me things on the pitch and he’s teaching me on the sidelines when he’s not playing.
“It’s great having him alongside me. He has brought me on a lot, he has made me improve in recent games.
“Early on in the season I was a bit shaky, but he has taught me what I should be doing so it’s good to learn from the experienced man.”