Brown Ferguson expects Saturday’s game at Somerset Park to be a “battle” as Ayr United and Stenhousemuir try to claw themselves away from the relegation play-off place.
The Warriors boss insists his rejuvenated side are ready and looking forward to the challenge against the Honest Men, who lie just one point below them in ninth, after picking up maximum points in their last two games.
A win for other either team would be a significant confidence boost with fewer than 10 games left to play in the league campaign.
“You look at the table, and if either team picks up the three points on the day, they’ll be in a very strong position,” said Ferguson.
“There’s no denying that it is a massive game. But it is not the be all and end all. It will not decide the final league placings in itself.
“We’ve proved already we can go there and win this season. We have nothing to fear on Saturday.”
Some observers had already written off Stenhousemuir’s chances of climbing up the table, but their first back-to-back league victories in over a year - courtesy of wins over Peterhead and former league leaders Stranraer - have revitalised their season at a vital time.
It’s been a long time coming for fans, but Ferguson was confident his team would come good.
“There’s not been too much difference in terms of our performance levels,” he added. “The players have just made a slight adjustment to how they deal with difficult spells in games.
“This has been a team effort, but there are some obvious improvements. Josh Watt has come on and scored two very important goals, and defensively we are looking a lot more solid.
“I’m satisfied we’re now getting the results that our performances merit.”
Bryan Hodge and Anthony Marenghi picked up knocks but will be reassessed at training tonight (Thursday).