MIDFIELDER Tony Carss said Town's players were "gutted" by the result against Mansfield but would bounce back to complete their promotion mission at Cheltenham.
The 28-year-old admitted that Town struggled to "get anything going" as an attacking force but believes there is no point dwelling on what went wrong.
"It was one of those games where you have to hold up your hands and say Mansfield were the better team on the day, so we've just got to dust ourselves down and make sure we are the better team down at Cheltenham on Saturday," said the former Oldham Athletic player.
"The opportunity is still very much there for us to take, being two points ahead of Torquay and still in third place, and we have got to make sure we take it.
"That will be our focus all this week and we will be working hard to make sure we are all `at it' when the whistle blows for kick-off on Saturday."
Carss was taken aback by the 18,633 attendance and was only sorry the team couldn't reward them with a promotion party on home soil.
"We were all gutted by the way it went and the lads were down in the dressing room afterwards, but the result coming through from Torquay gave us a lift because the promotion outcome is still in our own hands," he said.
"It is up to us to go down to Cheltenham and put this result right with a win.
"The support we received was fantastic, just like it has been home and away all season, and it was all set up for us to do the job at the McAlpine - but that's football and we just have to re-group.
"Everyone has to work hard in training this week and we have to be positive and focused on putting in a good performance this Saturday to reward our fans.
"We can't afford to dwell on this result against Mansfield. As a team and as individuals we have to reflect on why things didn't work out but, after that, it's full focus on Cheltenham and on getting the three points we know will take us up into the Second Division."