Stockport captain Paul Turnbull reckons the time has come for County to play ugly.
Despite being near the wrong end of League Two for most of the season, the Hatters have tried to play the right way and instil a free-flowing passing game.
But County have slumped to rock-bottom in recent weeks and face a relegation battle to avoid slipping into non-league for the first time in the club's 111-year history.
The Hatters have taken just two points from their last nine games and Turnbull admits results are now more important than performances.
"We're playing some decent football but like the gaffer keeps saying, we're playing good stuff but not doing anything with it," he told skysports.com. "It's not worked for us so I think it's time to change it.
"I think we need to start turning teams, playing in their half instead of our own. We need to squeeze them more, get in behind them, and if we get a chance, take it.
"We changed it a bit against Chesterfield last week and went 1-0 up but conceded within two minutes. They're top of the league so you'd take a point before the game, but afterwards the lads were gutted because we played really well.
"And against Rotherham, we conceded in the last minute to draw 3-3. I think in games like that, you've got to just shut up shop.
"Once you're 1-0 up, just defend. We all know we have to do that you can't go for more goals, you've just make sure you don't concede and there's your three points."
Stockport are below Burton on goal difference but the Brewers have eight games in hand and only two other teams in League Two have played the same number of games as County - 30.
That fact is not lost on the players, managed by caretaker boss Peter Ward. Their last win came on 28th December at third-bottom Barnet, who are one point above the Hatters, and Turnbull believes it will do wonders for morale if they can stop the rot at home to local rivals Bury on Saturday.
"We need to start winning games," said the midfielder. "If we don't win games then we're not going to stay in the league. With the amount of games the teams above us have got in hand, we haven't got any choice.
"You can't ignore the table. It's really close in terms of points but then you look at the games in hand, so fingers crossed they lose those games and we can start picking up points.
"Lincoln were down there with us but then they won five on the trot so it shows you that if you get a few wins, you're straight up there.
"I still believe we've got a good squad and the gaffer's added some decent players - we just need to win a game to boost confidence."
Surprisingly, the two draws that punctuated County's wretched run were at home to leaders Chesterfield and their promotion rivals Rotherham, while the Hatters won 1-0 in the reverse fixture against fifth-placed Bury.
"We played really well at their place," added Turnbull. "The lads know we can perform against the top teams and we've got to do it again. Bury should bring a few fans too so we're expecting a big crowd."