Midfielder Stephen Clemence hopes Birmingham City can prevent their campaign petering out by staging a memorable finale against Arsenal on the last day of the season.
Blues' 1-0 defeat at lowly Norwich City has left Steve Bruce's side 13th in the Premiership going into their final game on Sunday at St Andrew's.
Clemence says he and his team- mates, who were unlucky to lose at Carrow Road despite having Damien Johnson red-carded, are anxious to end this season on a high by beating the Gunners.
And the 27-year-old midfielder believes victory over last season's champions Arsenal would give supporters real optimism for next term.
Clemence said: "We were a bit unfortunate at Norwich, we had a lot of possession, especially as we only had ten men.
"We had a few chances and people who watched the game will find it hard to say we didn't deserve something from it. We got nothing unfortunately but the gaffer [Bruce] was pleased with our application and efforts under difficult circumstances.
"Hopefully we will have more luck against Arsenal and if we can get a good result it will be a nice way to end the season.
"Arsenal are a great side and they have been the team to beat over the last few years. Chelsea have taken that mantle this year, but Arsenal still have some excellent players and it is going to be a tough game for us.
"If we can get a result against them then it shows the fans there is plenty to look forward to next year."
On the face of it, Clemence should have more incentive than most to beat Arsenal as both he and his father Ray used to play for their archrivals Tottenham Hotspur.
But the combative midfielder, who joined Blues in January 2003 from Spurs for £250,000, says he is no longer concerned with parochial London issues.
He added: "I was at Tottenham a few years ago now and I don't really think about the rivalry with Arsenal any more - it is the past. I'm more interested in beating Aston Villa as a Birmingham player."
Clemence also added his voice to the growing clamour for Blues' winger Jermaine Pennant to be considered by Sven-G^ran Eriksson for England's two-match trip to America later this month.
Eriksson is due to name his squad for the tour on Thursday and many people at Birmingham feel Pennant should be included.
The 22-year-old right-sided player has been outstanding in Blues' last three matches and the ex-Arsenal player has adjusted well following his release from prison in early April after serving one-third of a three-month jail sentence for driving offences.
Clemence said: "Jermaine is young and he has a lot of talent. He has a talent a lot of English players don't have in that he can whip a cross in and run at players.
"He causes teams problems and he definitely has a great future ahead of him.
"We all hope he gets in the squad for America but we'll have to wait and see on that one."