TOM Taiwo insists Falkirk are taking it one place at at time as they play catch-up in their their pre-season goal of winning the Championship.
The 26-year-old admits the Bairns have left themselves with a mountain to climb after a poor run left them in fourth in the table and 12 points adrift of league leaders Hibs with 16 matches remaining.
Peter Houston’s men host Ayr United on Saturday afternoon having won just three of their last 11 league games but buoyed by last weekend’s 4-1 hammering of Raith Rovers.
And Taiwo is hopeful a series of clear-the-air talks have helped last term’s play-off finalists find the winning formula before it is too late.
The former Chelsea and Hibs midfielder said: “We had a pretty poor run, didn’t we? But we turned it on last week, which was about time.
“We just seemed to draw the games we should have won and lose the games we should have drawn.
“When you accumulate the points we’ve dropped over those games then we should be right up there.
“But hopefully we’ve turned a corner after that positive result last week and we can push on.
“And hopefully get into that third and second spot and cement that for ourselves for the play-offs.
“We’re just trying to focus on the team that’s above us directly at the moment.
“At the start of the season we were obviously trying to win the league. We felt that was well within our capabilities.
“Now that we’ve fallen a considerable number of points behind we are taking it one step at a time and trying to claw back the team that’s above us.
“At the moment, that’s Morton, so they are the team firmly in our sights.”
A failure to match last season’s exploits has hurt a Falkirk squad that lost just four times on their way to pipping Hibs to second in the league last term.
But Taiwo knows from watching his old club Chelsea going from English Premier League winners to a 10th-place finish 12 months later that things do not always go according to plan.
He added: “We’ve got the players to do it but sometimes it doesn’t always go smoothly.
“The biggest example is Chelsea. You win the league one year and the next year you’re finishing in the bottom half of the table.
“Sometimes it’s not necessarily to do with hard work or endeavour.
“But everyone’s bought into what we’re looking to do, and the result on Saturday was, I think, the first step in a positive run.”