Jussi Jaaskelainen feels Bolton were unlucky at Manchester City on Saturday and has now got Blackburn in his sights.
The Trotters slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Eastlands over the weekend, with a solitary strike from Carlos Tevez condemning them to just a third setback of the season.
Failure to take anything from that encounter prevented Owen Coyle's side from closing on the top four, but they continue to defy the odds in sixth spot.
Jaaskelainen believes Bolton could, and maybe should, have claimed at least a point against City, especially as the hosts had Aleksandar Kolarov sent off.
He is, however, confident that the disappointment of that outing will stand the club in good stead heading into the busy festive period.
Jaaskelainen told the club's official website: "For the first five to ten minutes we were under a fair bit of pressure and they got their goal. But after that I thought we began to find our feet and come into the game a little more.
"I felt we were a little unlucky not to have scored. We had one or two half chances but things just didn't really go our way.
"The mood in the dressing room after the game was that everyone was disappointed and I think that shows how far we've come."
Bolton will get an opportunity to make amends for their City failings on Sunday when they face another of their North West rivals, Blackburn.
There will be plenty riding on that game, with more than just local pride at stake, and Jaaskelainen hopes the Trotters can emerge victorious on home soil.
"It's now a massive game this Sunday against Blackburn," he said.
"It's always important to bounce back in the right manner after a defeat. We have to make sure we're positive."