Mick McCarthy believes his table-topping Wolves will be doubly intent on extending their Coca-Cola Championship lead at home to play-off-chasing Preston after the frustration of last weekend's postponed FA Cup derby.
Wolves must make the short trip to Birmingham on Tuesday, having had their third-round tie frozen off at the first attempt. But before then - on a day when Nigel Clough (Derby at Cardiff) and Billy Davies (Nottingham Forest at Charlton) have their first managerial assignments for their new clubs - it is back to the day job of surging further clear of their league rivals for McCarthy and co.
On paper, Preston represent awkward opponents at Molineux. But the manager is banking on the determination of players who were deprived of their opportunity against Blues last weekend and will be itching to prove they are still in top form.
Wolves, who have been inactive for 12 days, today digested the news Rangers striker Alan Gow will not be arriving at Molineux after his transfer was derailed because of concerns over his medical.
McCarthy is nonetheless confident his team approach the weekend in great heart, with the added bonus of having Michael Kightly available again after his recent suspension.
"They all want be involved - they all love Saturday afternoons and they love playing football," the manager told his club's official website, www.wolves.co.uk. "Kights is one of a number of them who love the game - he was disappointed to miss Blackpool - but they're all like that.
"Maybe the break has done him good - Kights has played a lot of football - but I can't judge that until I see him on Saturday afternoon."
McCarthy was intending to rest Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Chris Iwelumo against Birmingham, with Sam Vokes and Andy Keogh instead starting up front.
"Vokes and Keogh deserved a chance because they're both very good players," he explained. "I think the other lads will benefit from the break. I don't think you can play 46 games at 100% all the time - that's nigh on impossible.
"It also doesn't do anyone any harm. If the two strikers who go in score, it's great, and a bit of insecurity doesn't hurt anyone and makes you work harder."
Carl Ikeme would also have featured at St Andrew's, and Darren Potter was in line for his first start of the campaign in the absence of the injured Dave Edwards and the ill David Jones.
"Potts would have played, because it comes to a stage where if people don't get games they don't get battle-hardened," McCarthy added. "I shall still play him because he's still one of our players and he has been brilliant - a model pro.
"I was disappointed that the game (last week) was off - but I was more disappointed for him that the match was off, because it was a chance for him to get a game."