Abdullahi Biffo says his side is condemned to win against Niger Tornadoes in a Week 11 game at the Umuahia Township Stadium on Wednesday.
The Uchendo Warriors suffered their third defeat in a row crumbling 3-1 against Akwa United and the newly elevated tactician believe securing victory against his former side will help them end their disappointing run.
"It is a crucial match for us not minding the opponents we are playing," Biffo told Goal.
"We have tried not to put pressure on our players but the fans and management want us to come back to the winning ways.
"We want to recover the team's confidence and the winning mentality. It is still the same team coach Okey Emordi left and since we defeat Gombe, we have not won in our last four matches.
"It is also important for us to win and anything short of victory will be disaster for us.
"Honestly, playing against my former team makes not difference to me but ensuring my team redeems it campaign by getting the victory.
"We are more determined to face any team to win. I know Tornadoes in and out. They are doing well and enjoying a comfortable position on the log.
"I know they will be coming with full confidence knowing well that we have not won our recent games. But their place on the log will not give them any edge.
"We will prove our best on the pitch and that's where it will count the most. The league is a marathon race and this is the best time for us to get our campaign back on track by picking our points."