Ross County attacker Liam Boyce has warned his bottom of the table side must defeat relegation rivals Motherwell this weekend to keep hopes of Scottish Premiership safety alive.
The Staggies were beaten 4-0 by Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday and are now without a win in 11 matches.
They face second-bottom Motherwell at Victoria Park on Saturday in a crucial match in their quest to beat the drop.
A win would close the gap on the Steelmen to only three points, a defeat would leave Jim McIntyre’s side nine points behind.
Boyce said: “We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We could get into a rut but where we are and need to start getting points on the board and quickly.
“The next six weeks are going to be big for us, we play a lot of the sides around us in the league and need to start picking up points against them.
“Next week is the big one. Motherwell are six points above us, so it’s a six-pointer we need to win.
“We need to get some momentum going. It would give us a bit of confidence beating the team next to us in the table but hopefully we will get a bit of the rub of the green.”
Boyce reckons the Staggies have not enjoyed much luck in recent weeks and hopes the breaks start to fall their way against Motherwell.
Goalkeeper Antonio Reguero made a dreadful error to gift Aberdeen their opening goal on Saturday and Boyce added: “It would be good to get 1-0 up rather than the other way around and chasing the game.
“It has been difficult but the manager knows there have been games we have played quite well but not got the break of the ball.
“That’s been the story in the games against the sides around us and when we go to places such as Aberdeen we need a bit of luck. We didn’t get any at all.
“The first goal was a mistake from the goalkeeper and that seems to be the way at the minute.
“It was the worst start we could have possibly made. We set ourselves up defensively, trying to play our way into the game and build confidence.
“But we were on the back foot right away.”