Two losses in a row has set Melbourne Victory back in the title race but the club's soon-to-be games record-holder says a win on Australia Day would set things right.
Leigh Broxham will enjoy the "Big Blue" against Sydney FC on Thursday more than most.
The popular utility man will run out for his 226th match in Victory colours, overtaking Archie Thompson to become the club's longest servant.
The fierce competitor isn't focusing on his personal milestone, but the chance to correct Victory's January wobbles.
Kevin Muscat's side were humbled 3-0 against the Wellington Phoenix and copped a last-minute heartbreak against Perth Glory on back-to-back away days. It brought an end to the club's six-game winning streak but Broxham cautioned against reading too much into the results.
"In Wellington, we didn't perform to the level that we wanted to," he said.
"In Perth, we had a lot of chances and the performance was generally good.
"It's not a form slump. We're happy where we are.
"We win on Thursday and everything is forgotten, isn't it?"
Sydney are still unbeaten after 16 matches and sit eight points clear of Victory.
Popular convention suggests a win for Graham Arnold's team would all but end the title race with three months remaining.
Arnold hasn't been shy about forecasting big things for the Sky Blues -- like the potential for an unbeaten season -- but Broxham isn't listening.
"They've been saying things like that for a few weeks now. It's something I'm not interested in," Broxham said.
"If that's how they want to talk, then that's how they want to talk.
"It's for them to do and to back it up. We'll do our business the way we always do it and we'll see at the end of 90 minutes on Thursday night.
"They deserve to be where they are. They've got the points on the board and it's up to us to close the gap on them and it starts on Thursday."
The 29-year-old, whose relative youth will give him a chance to break the all-time A-League games record before the end of his career, said taking hold of the club record was a powerful moment.
"It's a big club. There's a lot of great people here, so it's something special that I can be able to do that at a club like this," he said.