St Mirren manager Jack Ross insists it is mind over matter for his players amid an exhausting run of games that could have a huge bearing on whether they survive in the Championship.
The crucial February 25 victory at Ayr United was the start of a demanding sequence of seven games in just 22 day for the basement side.
The Paisley outfit will attempt to return to winning ways at home to Dunfermline on Saturday after Wednesday’s 2-0 loss to Raith Rovers kept Ross’ side five points adrift of the Honest Men.
He said: “We have had a lot of games but we continue to have them. We’ve got Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday again. It’s as much a state of mind rather than anything else.
“As a group of players and as a club we can use it as an excuse but it shouldn’t be.
“They’re fine and they’re physically able to cope with it, it’s just that mental challenges that they have to overcome.”
Ross insists the set-back at Rovers has changed little in the fight to avoid relegation from the second tier.
He added: “The players understand the position we’re in and it doesn’t change that.
“We’re in the mix and the defeat to Raith was probably a missed opportunity more than anything else because it was a chance to get closer to teams above us.
“We’ve still go a long road ahead of us but we’re alive and kicking. It can change very quickly again if we get a victory on Saturday.
“These games that are coming up over the next four to six weeks are all massive for the club.”