Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Mick McCarthy has challenged his dejected players to draw again on their seemingly inexhaustible supply of spirit and bounce back from the humiliation of being hit for six on home soil.
The reaction to Saturday's embarrassing hammering at home to Southampton - Wolves' worst defeat in 39 years - was an astonish-ingly uplifting one on the terraces as the Molineux faithful made it abundantly clear that they were still right behind their team.
That still masked a catalogue of nervous defensive errors on the day and the only measure of how the Wolves players cope with getting over it will be when they return to action next Saturday.
In that respect, McCarthy's men could hardly have a harder task on their hands against Roy Keane's in-form Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, a ground on which they have so far failed to win in three previous visits.
In terms of whether they have the mental strength, all McCarthy has to go on is how his developing team have coped with setbacks so far this season. He can only be heartened by the previous capacity they have shown for resilience.
Following this term's previous 13 league and cup defeats, only once (at Barnsley in October) have Wolves not bounced back with a heartening performance and result.
"I've never had to ask any questions about their character," said McCarthy. "The only game that left me with a feeling as bad as the one I had after losing this was West Brom at home in the Cup. But we then went and won six and drew one after that.
"That showed the measure of the players that they responded like that."
Although he has had to cope with losing the adaptable Karl Henry for the season, McCarthy does at least have the reassuring presence of old head Jackie McNamara to slot back in this weekend after his two-match suspension.
Although it has to be admitted keeper Matt Murray was not blameless for what went wrong on Saturday, it is anyone's guess as to who in the back four will drop out to make way for the former Celtic man.
Gary Breen has formed successful central defensive partnerships already this season with both his fellow former Sunderland defenders Neill Collins and club captain Jody Craddock. But none of them covered themselves with any glory on Saturday, on a day when Wolves' already sorry goal difference slipped back to minus two.
The fact that Wolves were so far behind the rest on goals was essentially the reason why McCarthy bravely chose to go gung ho after the break, playing with three at the back and four up front for the final half-hour.
"We might as well lose 6-0 as 3-0," said McCarthy. "We had to have a go.
"We didn't take our chances earlier in the season and it's not something we can keep fretting about now. In any case, if we get more points than anyone else, then the goals won't matter."
There has to be a slight worry that, of his three young blades up front, only Andy Keogh looked anywhere near the part against Southampton. Essentially, Wolves have to treat that game as one where every-thing that could go wrong did go wrong.
As illustrated by his dreadful penalty, Michael Kightly had an off day, Keogh had one cleared off the line, hit a post and forced a great save. And the rest was a catalogue of poor defending which will be attended to on the training ground by two men with more than enough experience of how to keep goals out, McCarthy and his No 2, Ian Evans.
There is one happy omen for Wolves fans. The last time they shipped six goals at Molineux, also against Southampton when they lost 6-2 in October 1976, they went on to win promotion.