Carlo Monti has revealed how a ‘sink or swim’ mindset is behind Kilwinning Rangers’ surge to the West Premiership summit.
The Buffs moved four points clear at the top of the table thanks to a 1-0 victory at championship contenders Pollok on Saturday.
Monti’s stunning free-kick was the difference as Chris Strain’s men made it four league wins on the bounce.
The strong run of form has been built on the back of last month’s shock Scottish Junior Cup exit at the hands of Bridge of Don Thistle.
And Monti reckons the dressing room inquest held in the wake of that defeat was a real watershed moment for the team.
He said: “We had a meeting amongst ourselves after we got put out the Scottish. We knew ourselves it wasn’t good enough and that standards had dropped.
“The reaction was sink or swim and, to be fair, we’ve not moped about with the petted lip.
“We’ve pulled our socks up and got on with it and the last few weeks have been good.
“Nothing’s won just now but it puts us in a good position in the table.”
Modest Monti played down his moment of magic against Lok, insisting a solid team performance earned a priceless three points.
He said: “We came with the mentality and game plan that we weren’t going to be messed about the way we were at home in the reverse fixture.
“We had the bit between our teeth with the carrot dangled in front of us to go points clear with a game in hand.
“It was a physical game but you can’t play pretty football every week – and I’ll tell you what, we got what we needed out of the game. It was that good a team performance.”
Buffs are on first round West of Scotland Cup duty this weekend with a home tie against League One leaders Shettleston.
Monti added: “We can take stock with the cup game and it gives us a chance to regroup and evaluate where we are.
“Hopefully we can keep the momentum going through November and into the Christmas period, pick up
points and see where we are.”