ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes insists his side will win the race to be best of the rest in the Premiership.
The Dons are still reeling from the 3-0 flop at home to Rangers at the weekend.
Victory for the visitors resulted in the Piitodrie outfit’s lead in second place being reduced to nine points.
However, McInnes said: “We lost the fight on Sunday, but it’s important we still win the battle for second place and, hopefully, get ourselves into a Cup Final”
“We’ve been on a very good run, but that doesn’t give you any guarantees and it’s a reminder that there is still work to be done”.
“When you lose a game like that and the huge feeling of disappointment, wishing we could play it all over again, we’ve got to channel that the right way”.
“We have plenty to look forward to.”
While tipsters like Enhanced Bets are swaying towards a draw this Saturday, McInnes will be expecting a strong response from his side.
The Perth side had closed the gap on The Rangers to just three points on Saturday and would have been hoping for an Aberdeen success the next day. This makes this weekend’s meeting crucial for the Saints, but considering Aberdeen’s form, they may struggle to secure the win.
He added: “We have six league games left and we have to make sure our response is the same as it normally is.
“Our response to a defeat is normally followed by a winning run and, hopefully, we can start that on Saturday.
“Mentally we have to be stronger than we were on Sunday. It doesn’t happen too often, but we have to react better than that and if there’s one lesson from the game, it is that.
“You need to concentrate against good players. We need to do that for the full 90 minutes.
“It’s a sore one for us. In the eyes of our supporters that’s a huge disappointment and we understand that.
“We don’t lose many goals at Pittodrie and we don’t normally go behind. It is important that the players deal with that situation better.”