Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan says anything other than his team's second-half performance in the 1-1 draw with Shelbourne won’t be enough to get a positive result against Cork City next weekend.
Barry McNamee's first goal for Harps salvaged a point at Tolka Park against a Shelbourne side that finished with 10 men following the late dismissal of Luke Byrne.
The result moves Harps onto nine points, one clear of rock-bottom Cork City having played a game more than the Leesiders ahead of the upcoming game at Finn Park.
Ciarán Kilduff scored the only goal of the opening 45 minutes, but Horgan admitted his side were fortunate to still be in the contest at the break such was the home side’s dominance.
"Shelbourne should have been out of sight at half-time, but I thought we were the better team after the break," he told RTÉ Sport.
"Had Shelbourne got the second goal in the first half, it might have been too big a mountain to climb."
Next up is a date with Cork and a game which could have real significance on the relegation battle. The previous encounter between the sides in February saw Cork emerge victorious 1-0 on their home patch.
Is it a must-win game as far as Horgan is concerned?
"I don’t think so," he said. "Obviously oursleves and Cork are neck and neck.
"They shaded it in Turners Cross and there will be nothing in it in Ballybofey on Sunday, if we play like we did in the second half. If we play like we did in the first half, Cork will have too much for us.
"Is it a must-win game? I don’t know, I have been hearing that for seven years."