Aaron Hughes is refusing to write off Northern Ireland's chances of reaching the 2010 World Cup.
Nigel Worthington's side have endured a disappointing start to their qualifying campaign, taking just one point from their opening three games.
However, with back-to-back fixtures against European minnows San Marino to come, confidence remains high among the camp.
National skipper Hughes still believes a place in South Africa is up for grabs and has called on his team-mates to remain focused over the coming months.
"Saturday's (2-0 defeat) in Slovenia makes it more difficult to qualify for the finals, but I don't think it's all over," said the Fulham defender.
"Yes, it's going to be tough and we can't afford any more slip-ups, but we can still get ourselves back in contention in the group.
"The preparation for the first three games has been really good. It's been consistent, a good standard.
"A few results have to go our way, but I think there'll be a few twists and turns in this group, so we can get back in the race.
"Six points against San Marino in our next two games will get us back in the mix. Nobody needs picking up at this stage - we're all raring to go."
If Northern Ireland are to keep their World Cup dreams alive then star striker David Healy must rediscover his touch in front of goal.
The country's all-time leading scorer is yet to get off the mark in this campaign, having bagged a record-breaking 13 during an ultimately unsuccessful Euro 2008 qualifying quest.
"I don't think he suffers from a confidence problem or even a dip in confidence," said Hughes.
"He knows his ability and he knows what he can do. What he did in the last campaign was special.
"He got the majority of our goals and as the record goalscorer people will be looking at him.
"But there's responsibility on all of us to chip in with goals and the pressure can't just fall on him."