The Jags went down 3-0 to Aberdeen last Saturday as Derek McInnes' side eased to victory at Firhill to inflict only a second defeat of the campaign on the SPFL Premiership new boys.
The sluggish showing was a far cry from the array of free-flowing displays Thistle have put on during Archibald's time in the dugout.
And the Jags gaffer is keen to see the right reaction from his players when they host Killie on Saturday.
He said: "It was a very un-Thistle like performance. In the last year or so, we have not seen many performances like that.
"We talk about work-rate and desire. I said to them after the game that Aberdeen didn't have to work hard for their goals.
"If you take the goals out of the game - and I know Aberdeen were the better side and on the front foot - but you see it a lot in the Premiership that there is not a lot in games.
"Decisons or mistakes can swing the game and small things are important. Errors cost you.
"It was disappointing to lose a goal from a set play and the other two were individual errors, you can trace them back all over the pitch.
"The manner of the display was everything that we are not about. Aberdeen went about their business well and showed good energy and we never did that on Saturday.
"We spoke about things after the game and spoke on Monday and that is it done. It is out of our systems now and we are looking forward to the Kilmarnock game this weekend. We move on and look ahead to the next game."
Archibald was without the services of defender Conrad Balatoni for the weekend Dons defeat due to a hamstring problem.
Mexican Gabriel Piccolo endured a Premiership bow to forget in Balatoni's absence and the 22-year-old could return to action on Saturday.
Archibald said: "Conrad trained on Monday and Tuesday so we will see how he is towards the end of the week. He could be in, he could be out.
"He trained on Thursday and Friday last week but didn't play. We will keep monitoring him and pushing him and see how he is."
While Thistle have enjoyed an impressive start to life back in Scotland's top tier this term, Kilmarnock have struggled to find their form under new boss Allan Johnston.
Killie have taken just two points from their six Premiership outings but Archibald reckons the Rugby Park side will get better with time.
He said: "The longer the season goes on, the better they will get. Allan is still trying to get players in.
"He is probably shopping in a similar market to myself so I know the restraints he is under and how hard it is to get players in.
"He will put his mark on the team and only get better.
"Kilmarnock have got some good players and it will be a difficult game for us this weekend," he added.