Grant Munro insists Ross County will not be on a revenge mission when they face St Johnstone in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday.
The Highlanders saw their impressive 40-game unbeaten run come to an end at the hands of Saints, who claimed a 2-1 victory the last time the two sides met in September. Instead, Munro believes County should be looking to emulate the Perth club as they aim to survive their first season in Scottish football's top-flight.
Asked if revenge will be a motivating factor at McDiarmid Park, the defender said: "I never think that way. Football is a funny game. That day, we deserved more out of the game than we got but the couple of goals we lost were very poor, especially the winner."
He added: "They're the benchmark. You've got to look at St Johnstone and the way they've performed over the years in the SPL. They've always been in the safety margin.
"It looks like they want to push on this year and it was a fantastic result for them on Sunday against Celtic so they'll be confident.
"Hopefully we can impose ourselves on the game and keep their dangermen quiet.
"They have got a lot of dangermen and they seem to be doing well this season."
County head into the meeting with Saints on the back of a 3-0 defeat against Kilmarnock last week.
But Munro has no fears about morale being affected by the loss, which he says is now in the past. He said: "We watched the video back and there were a lot of positives to take. There were a few negatives as well but you try not to dwell too much on the negatives.
"We don't get too downhearted about it. We've worked hard again this week and we look forward to what's in front of us on Saturday."