ANDY HOLDSWORTH believes Town will use the pain of defeat as their driving force at Oldham on Saturday.
Town's talented right-back accepts Town were left reeling by Friday's 4-1 mauling against Scunthorpe but promises plenty of hard work this week to get straight back on track.
"We went into the game on the back of three great wins in a week and the gaffer's Manager of the Month Award, but we were brought to earth with a bump," said Holdsworth.
"Scunthorpe came with a gameplan of two solid banks of four and, when we got the ball wide, they were tight in our faces, which made them really hard to break down.
"They put us under a lot of pressure on the ball, they were `ratting' a lot more than they have done in the past and they worked really hard for each other, so Scunthorpe are not a bad team.
"I don't think the result makes us a bad team either - we just need to make sure we bounce back straight away with a good performance at Boundary Park."
Holdsworth was bitterly disappointed to lose an unbeaten home record stretching back 15 matches to December last year, but he's sure the squad will put that temporary anguish to positive use.
"This is one of the best starts we've had to a season in recent history, so we just need to keep working hard," he added.
"We've got a great set of lads here, an excellent squad and if we all stick together - the fans included - then I'm sure we'll have more ups than downs this season.
"To have lost only twice in 17 matches is championship material, really, so we just need to realise it's a long, hard season and we have to keep grafting.
"The manager believes in us, the staff believe in us and we believe in ourselves - so we'll be a very determined side when we run out at Oldham.
"If the gaffer makes changes we know anyone coming in will do a good job, and we all now remember how much it hurts to lose a game - and we don't want that feeling too often, especially in front of our own fans."