Caley Thistle forward Henri Anier believes avoiding relegation from the Premiership will be as much a test of nerve as ability.
Inverness are three points adrift in bottom-place ahead of today’s home game against St Johnstone, with manager Richie Foran earlier this week stating his side needs at least four points from their next two games to avoid becoming detached at the foot of the table.
Anier, pictured, believes the chance of avoiding the drop hinge on their determination to lift themselves out of the mire.
Anier said: “We need to be mentally strong, everybody around the place needs to feel that positive energy. I think we have that and we need to be ready to go.
“We are thinking we can get out of this position, we just need one win. We need a bit of luck so we can feel good emotionally again.
“It’s been tough because we haven’t had what we wanted – results haven’t come our way.
“But everybody has been working hard. We’ve been strong. It is tough but we’ve been strong and positive.
“Hopefully it will come. There are still seven games to go, so 21 points to play for. St Johnstone is the next one and we’re really looking forward to it and we’re really focused.”
Saints defender Richard Foster and midfielder Danny Swanson came to blows during their 1-0 defeat to Hamilton Accies last weekend, with the pair both sent-off before yesterday being fined four weeks’ wages by the Perth club.
Anier was not surprised by the exchange, which he feels highlights the desperate pursuit for points at such a crucial stage of the season, and the 26-year-old added: “There’s a spark in every game at the moment – it doesn’t matter who we’re facing. Those things happen, everyone is really up for it. I would say it’s a good thing – everyone is raring to go and they want to give their best.
“The next day you need to be positive, get it solved and focus on the next one.
“There’s many things that happen in dressing rooms and in training that don’t get out, while some things do get out. These things happen weekly, at clubs all around the world but especially in Scotland, where we know it’s a tough league with some physical sides.”