ST MIRREN manager Danny Lennon has roused his troops to finish the regular season with a flourish and head into the post-split fixtures on a roll.
The Paisley side host newly-crowned Scottish Communities Cup kings Kilmarnock on Saturday and their rivals need a win to keep their faint top six hopes alive.
Lennon said: "We are under no illusions that we will face a Kilmarnock side who are playing at the top of their game and full of confidence and self-belief. So we must be prepared to match them in every regard.
"But I felt we got a valuable point against Dunfermline last week-end that has given us a decent platform into this one and, with it being on our patch, the onus is on us to get the win.
"Our target is to finish as strongly as we can and we are looking to win both of our last two pre-split games to set us up nicely for the games that will come after the break."
Meanwhile, Lennon has agreed a two-year deal with 26-year-old former MK Dons striker Lewis Guy to join in the summer.
He said: "Most clubs have four strikers if they want to be successful, with them all competing for those two positions up front.
"It allows you to go with one pairing and if you need to change things you can bring someone on and give your side an extra dimension. Hope-fully Lewis can do just that."
Lennon has already plundered his former club Cowdenbeath to lure captain Jon Robertson for next term.
The Saints gaffer also hopes to have a trio of key players back in action shortly.
Jeroen Tesselaar, Kenny McLean and David Barron have all stepped training on their return from injury.
Tesselaar had battled back to fitness after undergoing knee surgery in February, but missed Saints clash with Dunfermline after he feared he'd suffered a recurrence of the injury.
McLean is now in non-contact training with the squad after missing their last three games after a previous fracture on his collarbone opened up.
Barron has missed the last four games with a knee injury but Lennon is confident he'll be back in training this week and could be in contention to face Killie.
The manager said: "Jeroen came through a training session on Monday with the physios, so he'll come back in and do a session with the squad.
"Kenny has started running with the group although Saturday will come too early for him, so he's getting closer.
"David had strained medial ligaments but we gave him a few days recovery last week where he did nothing and we're hopeful he'll soon be fine."
lFrancisco Sandaza's 41st-minute penalty secured a 1-0 win for St Johnstone at Inverness and lifted them into fourth place. It was the Spaniard's 18th goal of the season.