ROSS County boss Jim McIntyre is still hoping to fulfil his season’s goal of finishing in the top six of the Ladbrokes Premiership.
With only four points keeping them above bottom two sides Hamilton and Caley Thistle, their need for victory seems great.
However, McIntyre insists winning at sixth-placed Partick Thistle on Saturday could open the door for a late charge for the top six.
County will travel to Glasgow with confidence too, as their away form is better than results at Dingwall.
McIntyre is demanding the full 12 points in the next four games, hoping to make amends for the fact that they have only managed to record one victory so far in 2017 – a 1-0 win over Hearts.
Speaking of taking on a Jags side with the fourth best defence in the division, he stressed: "I think it is a huge game. If Thistle win it, then they’ve got a great chance of nailing top six. Equally, if we win it, it is all to play for.
"But we’ve got to win. Nothing else but a win is going to do for us at this late stage. That’s the sole focus.
"The games between Thistle and ourselves are generally decided by a goal, apart from the last one here (a 3-1 defeat). It’s been the odd goal since we came here – the head-to-heads have been very tight.
"I don’t expect any different. Alan Archibald has done a great job there. He’ll be disappointed they’ve conceded two late goals in their last two games when he probably feels he could have had the top six spot nailed.
"So we know we’re going to be facing a team that’s really determined, on their home patch.
"But our away record is good and we’ve done a lot of good work away from home. If we can replicate that type of performance we’ve had away from home then we’ve got a good chance."
The Staggies should be boosted this Saturday with a number of the team’s injured players using the recent international break as a chance to recover.
Many of the players that have been out have a chance at making a return.
McIntyre added: "We had four or five who have a good chance for this weekend and we’ve managed to get them recovered and a wee bit of training back into them.
"For the likes of Scott Fox, Martin Woods, Paul Quinn, Jay McEveley, these guys are feeling a lot better for having that rest week."