DISAPPOINTED boss Peter Jackson is determined to ensure last night's 1-0 defeat at Third Division basement side Carlisle is just a blip on Town's road to automatic promotion.
Jackson watched in misery as Peter Duffield, signed on loan from Boston on the morning of the match, scored the 72nd-minute goal which condemned his side to only a second loss in 14 games.
Town have won 10 in that time, and another victory last night, when there were more than 1,000 travelling fans in a crowd of 4,782, would have taken them second.
Instead they remain fourth, and while his frustrations were compounded by a hamstring injury to Steve Yates which could keep the centre-back out for a fortnight, and knocks for Danny Schofield, Andy Booth, Andy Holdsworth and Anthony Lloyd, the McAlpine chief is eager to ensure his side hit back at home to Macclesfield on Saturday.
"We gave away a sloppy goal and that hasn't been like us of late," said Jackson.
"Full credit to Carlisle, because they gave us a hard match, but while we didn't create many chances, neither did they.
"Matt Glennon, who always seems to play well against us, pulled off a couple of good saves to deny Andy Booth.
"Had either of those chances gone in, it would have been a very different game, but they didn't, and now we need to get back up and get back to winning ways.
"We're still in a great position and we have two home matches coming up (Rochale visit next Tuesday).
"Neither will be easy, because both Macclesfield and Rochdale, like Carlisle, are fighting for their League survival, but they are games we should be winning.
"Six points would give the Division III table a different look. That's the aim and that's what we'll be working hard to prepare for out on the training pitch."
Jackson said he would be in contact with Preston counterpart Craig Brown over Pawel Abbott, the loan striker Town are looking to sign permanently, but pointed out: "They are seeking a lot of money for a player who will be out of contract very soon."
Town Reserves take on Hull in the Pontin's Premier Division at North Ferriby tonight (7.00).