But the Jags defender has set his sights on an extended cup run to bring more cheer to Firhill in the coming months.
Alan Archibald's side head into their League Cup clash with Cowdenbeath this evening looking to bounce back from a rare league loss and book their place in the third round draw.
Saturday's 1-0 reverse to Motherwell was the first time the Jags have tasted defeat since going down to Dumbarton in January.
The Firhill side went all the way to the Ramsdens Cup Final last season before losing to Queen of the South.
And Balatoni is determined to ensure there is no early exit from the competition that gave the Jags one of their finest hours at Hampden in 1971, beating Celtic 4-1 in the final.
He said: "Whenever you are in a lower division you want to come up against a top team.
"We are in the top league now and are a bigger scalp for teams.
"We played Cowdenbeath a lot last season and know what to expect from them. We know it will be a difficult game for us.
"They have got some good players and make it hard for you. We have to be professional and go about our business correctly. If we can do that, I'm sure we can get the result.
"Since I have been with Thistle, we have never had a good League Cup or Scottish Cup run, which is a bit of a shame.
"The Premiership is the main priority for us - we want to stay up this season and anything we achieve on top of that is a bonus.
"It would be nice to go on a run, it is good for the club and the fans.
"The further you go the bigger the games get and you play different teams at different places. It would be good if we can do well in the cups this season."
After suffering their first league defeat of the season, and their first on Archibald's watch, at
Fir Park, Thistle have a quickfire chance to get back to winning ways against the Blue Brazil at Firhill.
The Jags were not at their best in Lanarkshire at the weekend - and Balatoni is eager to taste that winning feeling once again tonight.
He said: "Losing is never nice and the manner of the defeat was hard to take. The performance wasn't like us.
"We were better in the second half but it just wasn't to be on the day. We are still confident going into the Cowdenbeath game, though.
"We haven't been beaten in the league since the Dumbarton game, so it is a long time to go without that feeling.
"The run was going to come to an end at some point, but it shows how far we have come when we are gutted to lose to a good team like Motherwell.
"We will take it on the chin and move on and work to keep getting better."
While Thistle have adapted well to life in Scotland's top flight this term, it has been a frustrating
few weeks for Beath boss Colin Cameron.
Defeats to Morton, Raith Rovers and Alloa have left the Central Park side bottom of the Championship standings after three fixtures.
But Balatoni knows Thistle can't afford to take anything for granted when they face their former First Division rivals once again.
He said: "They have not had the best of starts to their league
campaign, so they will be looking to get their season going with a win over us tonight.
"It is a big game for both teams. Hopefully, we can get into the next round, get a good draw and keep progressing.
"They will be looking to cause an upset and then kick-start their season from it.
"We will be doing our best to get into the next round. It is a competition we want to do well in."