Falkirk’s mental toughness came to the fore on Saturday to fight back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at St Mirren.
And that’s all thanks to a crash course in positive mental attitudes being run at the club.
Broadcast journalist Connie McLaughlin has been working with the Bairns trialling the ‘Inner Buzz’ – a mindfulness programme – and the players are reaping the rewards.
“The players are telling me they are benefitting from it,” said Peter Houston. “If that’s the case, I’m all for it.
“I’m forever telling them to clear their heads if they make a mistake on the park –now she’s doing it for us, and they’re enjoying it.”
The scheme of course was not the only factor in Saturday’s momentous victory which extended the Bairns’ unbeaten start – but it helped.
So too did Peter Houston’s substitutions and switch to 4-4-2 formation.
The manager didn’t rule out sticking with two up at Alloa on Saturday before Tuesday’s cup trip to Dingwall.
“Two different games in the next week might bring two different formations.
“The expectation levels will be high for Saturday with the current league positions, but it won’t be easy at their place.
“That’s where the mental side comes in. The pressure will be on us to win on Saturday then on Tuesday at Ross County it shifts to the team in the division higher.”