Burnley's on-loan starlet Ben Mee hopes a good run in the Carling Cup will help to turn the club's league form around.
The Clarets have recorded just one win in their first six Championship games of the season, with Emile Sinclair's first-half double on Saturday sending them to a second consecutive defeat at Peterborough.
However, after previous extra-time victories against Burton (6-3) and Barnet (3-2), Eddie Howe's side face MK Dons in a Carling Cup third round clash at Turf Moor on Tuesday.
Mee, on a season-long loan from Manchester City, claims Burnley will be pulling out all the stops to ensure their name is in the hat for the fourth round draw, with it important to start building momentum.
"We haven't performed to the best of our ability against lower league opposition in the competition so far and MK Dons are doing really well in League One this year, so it will be another difficult tie for us," he told skysports.com.
"We will need to be up for the occasion because they will come to Turf Moor full of confidence and looking to cause an upset.
"A lot of the lower league teams have knocked out Championship and even Premier League sides, so we definitely don't want to be added to that list.
"If we can get through to the next round then you never know who you might face and that is the great thing about cup competitions.
"We've got a very young group of players here and we all want to prove ourselves against teams in the league above, so the Carling Cup can give us that opportunity.
"That can be the reward for doing well in the cup and hopefully we can put our name in the hat for the next round and then it is down to luck to determine who we are up against."