Defender Ian Murray is certain Hibernian's cosmopolitan squad are fully aware of the gravity of their predicament as the battle to avoid relegation from the Clydesdale Bank Premier League intensifies this weekend.
Hibs are in 11th place in the SPL, three points ahead of Dunfermline entering this weekend's fixtures, but the Pars have the opportunity to wipe out the deficit on Saturday at Dundee United before the capital club travel to Inverness on Sunday.
Hibs have eight loan players in a diverse squad but Murray is confident the squad are aware of their current situation. He said: "It should mean the world to everyone. If you're going to be part of a relegated team it's not good, first and foremost for yourself, and then you've got to think long term."
He continued: "There will be huge changes if Hibs don't manage to stay in the league. That's simple. We know it would be a big thing Hibs getting relegated. I can remember last time Hibs went down (in 1998), we were fortunate to bounce straight back up. I think this time it would be a whole lot harder.
"We're very confident we can survive but we also have to be cautious. We've got no God-given right to just turn up and expect to be in the Premier League again. I've got no doubt Dunfermline will pick up points over the next few weeks.
"We have to be wary. They've come back from further behind than they are at the moment so we need to try to put that to bed as soon as possible."
The appointment of former Hearts player and manager Jim Jefferies as Dunfermline boss has brought an intriguing edge to the battle.
"It's an ideal job, I think, for Jim," Murray added.
"They're a big club and you could argue that they should be in the Premier League - they're that big a club. As long as it's not at the expense of us.
"It adds a little bit more spice to the whole thing. It would be a remarkable story (if Jefferies were to keep Dunfermline up). We just hope it's a story that doesn't happen."