Dundee manager John Brown is refusing to give up hope of avoiding relegation as he prepares for Saturday's visit of Motherwell to Dens Park.
The Dark Blues are 13 points adrift at the foot of the SPL table with just seven games remaining, but they have gone four matches unbeaten since Brown took charge.
They held neighbours Dundee United to a 1-1 draw last time out despite having Gary Irvine sent off in the early stages and Brown was delighted with that performance.
He said: "We can take a lot of hope and encouragement from the derby game.
"I was really pleased with the way we played for 70 minutes with just 10 men and didn't cave in.
"That spoke volumes for the character of the lads and we'll definitely have to be like that again for the Motherwell match.
"They have lots of talented players but it's our job not to let them play to their best. Our fans have an important part to play as well.
"They have been excellent in recent weeks and can be like our extra man. Hopefully we can give them something to shout about.
"We know it's a big ask to stay up with seven games remaining but we will give it our best shot. The boys are buzzing at the prospect of getting back into action and this game can't come quickly enough for them to show what they can do."