The fortnight break since defeat to Hamilton has given Dundee’s Kevin Holt plenty of time to mull over the disappointment of missing out on the top six.
But it has made him even more determined to make sure the Dark Blues salvage something from their campaign.
Paul Hartley’s men travel to Firhill today to take on Partick Thistle looking to bounce back from the blow of ending up on the wrong side of the Premiership divide.
And Holt reckons the enforced break has been a difficult period but one they’ve used to refocus their aims, which were in tatters after the 2-1 loss at New Douglas Park two weeks ago.
The full-back said: “It has been a long break. Ideally, we would have wanted to play straight away.
“We were disappointed not to finish in the top six and we have had a lot of time to think about it.
“We have had too many days where we weren’t quite clinical enough or quite at it defensively. Those are the days that have cost us a place in the top six.
“Looking at it, we know this is what we need to cut out if we are to improve.
“Small margins in games, a silly goal here or a mistake there, means we have five games to salvage our season, rather than make it.”
And Holt believes anything less than a seventh-placed finish would represent yet more failure for the Dark Blues.
“The only thing we can do now is make sure we finish seventh. Anything less than that, and five wins, would be even more disappointing,” he said.
“We should be in the top six. We know we are good enough to be in there and think even a lot of people outside the football club would have been surprised we are not.
“The split came at the right time for some teams and the wrong time for us.
“Teams like St Johnstone were just hanging on. So, too, were Ross County, and we just slipped away.
“But, at the end of the day, that’s football. Those teams showed more consistency than us over the course of the season. We have to accept it and move on.
“The players have regrouped. The key now is to show teams the quality we have. If we do that we will make sure we finish seventh.”
The last time Dundee and Partick met, there were fireworks.
It was back in January, with the snow teeming down on a wintery Glasgow, Dundee produced one of their performances of the season.
Two goals from Gary Harkins, one from Kane Hemmings and a Greg Stewart special put the Dark Blues well on their way to a 4-2 victory that was kind on the hosts.
Holt, who played left-back that day, as he is expected to again today, thinks the players can take confidence from that result and performance.
However, he accepts Thistle will not roll over this weekend.
“We can take confidence from the last time we played them,” said the 23-year-old.
“We were outstanding there around Christmas time. I would say that was easily one of the best performances of the season.
“The only fear that day was the conditions. We just hoped it wouldn’t get stopped.
“As a result, we have nothing to fear. They will go into the game with confidence, too. I think they might feel unlucky to miss out much on the top six like we did because they were on a good run.”