Nicklas Bendtner has promised Birmingham City have not lost the momentum that built up before Wednesday night's Carling Cup loss to Liverpool ended a five-match winning run.
The striker, who is Birmingham's leading scorer this season with seven goals, last night expressed his belief that Steve Bruce's men had demonstrated enough quality during the 1-0 reverse to show their recent good form has not been dented.
Although they spent most of the second half trying to keep the Premiership side at bay, City created a number of good scoring opportunities and for the most part competed well with a side half of which had played international football.
"We have just got to get back on the horse against Barnsley," the Dane said. "There is no danger we have lost our momentum.
"It was a different competition with a few different play-ers and even though we were a bit unlucky we showed now and then that we can play some good football. We will just have to learn from this and move on."
Birmingham's defeat ended a run of five consecutive victories  four of which have produced clean sheets  and saw them eliminated from a knockout competition by the Anfield giants for the second consecutive tournament.
But their performance was far better than the one they put in last March when they were thrashed 7-0 in the FA Cup quarter-finals. With Julian Gray missing a late opportunity to equalise on Wednesday, it could have been rewarded with something tangible.
Chances such as that reflected well on a Blues team that fielded just two players from that miserable night last season. In fact Bendtner claimed the whole match showed how well a new squad had gelled.
"It's always good to play against a team like Liverpool. They have so many quality players but I thought at times it was 50-50, we both had periods when we were in control. It could have gone either way," he said.
"For most of the game we stood our ground and fought. Of course you are going to see those little shining lights of Premiership quality where they got through a couple of times and should have scored and also had the penalty but that's what top teams do.
"But we felt that had we really, really gone for it and had a go we could have got a win out of it because we had our chances as well. Some big ones too."
It was a theme supported by captain Martin Taylor, who played a big part in shackling Robbie Fowler and Craig Bellamy for most of the evening.
The centre-half suspected his team had been rather too reticent in taking on Liverpool.
"We gave them a little too much respect," Taylor said. "It was disappointing we sat down in the dressing room after and thought we never really attacked the game like we should have. We had a chance to go through but haven't taken it."
Birmingham received another piece of bad news yesterday when it emerged striker Mikael Forssell had undergone an operation and could be out for three months.
The Finn broke down in training last weekend and required surgery to repair cartilage damage, though thankfully not on the same knee that threatened to end his career a couple of years ago.
"Mikael was feeling some discomfort in the knee for a while and, after a scan, it was decided it needed to be washed out," said Bruce. "It's a shame both for him and us."
Forssell has been dogged by knee problems since his 19 goals in the 2003-4 season kept Birmingham in the Premiership.
Within a month of the following campaign, however, he was sent back to Chelsea requiring surgery but played a handful of games in the spring of 2005.
Later that summer Bruce paid #3 million for the forward but a string of listless performances have seen him slip behind Bendtner, DJ Campbell and Cameron Jerome in the pecking order.