Manchester Storm head coach Omar Pacha insists his team are turning the corner and has backed his men to go on and clinch a play-off spot.
The form book reads one win in nine for the Storm after taking a solitary point at the weekend and are heavily involved in the dogfight for play-off places.
But that hasn’t stopped him looking at the positives heading into a tricky weekend where they’ll face the current top two teams in the Elite League.
“We had a good talk on Sunday after what was an unacceptable game on Saturday and we bounced back against a team that are as desperate as us,” Pacha said.
“Playing a really solid road game showed we have that to win and that will to reach the play-offs as soon as possible.
“Just because we took a couple of steps back last week, it doesn’t mean we can’t take three steps forward this week.
“As a club, we’re all staying positive and seeing the end goal and truly believe we can reach the play-offs by going on a run here in the last few games.”
League leaders Cardiff Devils come to the ‘Storm Shelter’ on Friday as they gear up for the Challenge Cup Final on Sunday where they’ll take on Sheffield Steelers.
Coach Pach highlighted the decent record his team against Andrew Lord’s men and revealed what needs to be done to have any success against them.
He added: “It’s all about our defensive game going into Friday’s game. The games we have won against those top teams, we’ve conceded very few goals.
“We have to be tight defensively and play a chippy, grindy game where we send the puck deep and grind the other team and that’s how we play against Cardiff in the past.
“We have to think we can have a major say in the title race with our two opponents this week. First off, every one can beat everyone as we know.
“We have that mindset in every game that we can beat them so if we can dampen their championship run, great, but we’re more focussed on our place in the standings.”