Ross County defender Paul Quinn claims there has been no talk of Premiership survival as he believes the team is capable of achieving more.
County take on ninth-placed St Johnstone tomorrow looking to go within three points of the Perth side but also aware that defeat at McDiarmid Park would leave them nine points adrift of Tommy Wright’s men.
Former Motherwell defender Quinn is confident his team can come off the foot of the table, while dragging another team into the relegation mire.
Quinn said: “We’re going to try to win to bring those other teams into it. As soon as we bring another team into the mix we are then going to try to get away from them – that’s our aim.
“It’s not just about staying in the league because I feel we’re better than that. But we are where we are for a reason, league tables don’t lie. So, it is up to us to change it.
“The most important thing is getting points on the board. As soon as we get off the bottom of the league, there will be a pressure lifted.
“People maybe don’t realise that but there will be an extra bit of freedom coming with it. When you are in bottom place the temptation is to try to be as safe as possible.”
Quinn was part of a Motherwell side which avoided relegation by default in 2003 when First Division champions Falkirk were denied promotion due to their ground being ruled not fit for the top flight.
Quinn is hoping to use the experience so early in his career to his and County’s advantage, urging the Staggies squad to remain calm despite their lowly league position.
“I’ve had some nervy times,” he said. “That day we were relegated we got an unbelievable second chance because of Falkirk’s issues.
“We were training, wondering what was happening, whether we were up or down, and then the phone call came through.
“The seasons after that we finished a lot higher. But I remember well what it felt like to be down there, even as a youngster. It just felt like there was something heavy weighing on the team.
“The supporters were trying their best to lift us. But when you climb off the bottom of the table it is then so easy to lift the team.
“That’s what I’m saying to the lads in the dressing-room. We just need to aim to get off the bottom and kick on.”