Jim Bentley is hoping Morecambe can turn their drubbing at Plymouth into a positive.
Southend are the visitors to the Globe Arena on Saturday as the Shrimps look to end a run of 10 League 2 games without a win.
The 5-0 reverse at Home Park last time out marked out a new low point in that spell with Bentley looking for a reaction against the Shrimpers.
He said: “Sometimes these things do provoke a positive response.
“We’ve been going on about the fine dividing line since Boxing Day but when something like this happens it opens up a little bit of a can of worms.
“I’ve asked a few questions of the team but we’re all in it together and now I’m hoping we can use that defeat and the manner of it as a positive between now and the end of the season.”
While looking on the bright side, Bentley has revealed he pulled no punches with his players in the days following the Home Park horror show.
He said: “We had two days on Monday and Tuesday where we pointed the finger.
“We watched the DVD and went through things and the lads. They’ve set themselves high standards and at Plymouth didn’t meet them.
“We had been putting in decent performances but every team has it where on the day everything went wrong.
“We were punished for every mistake, I could just sense it at half-time and would have jumped back on the coach if I could have done.
“I’ve told the lads in no uncertain terms that it wasn’t acceptable and the training’s been positive with a double day on Monday and Tuesday.
“We’ve drawn a line under it and we can only affect the future and not the past.
“It’s gone and the spirit’s good and hopefully we can get some pride back after last week because it wasn’t acceptable for the fans who made the long trip either so we’ve got a bit of paying back to do.”
The Shrimps is also standing by his view that his side are now in a relegation battle.
He said: “I say it as it is.
“There’s no use beating around the bush. Everyone in and around us seems to be hitting the panic button and bringing people in to try and get themselves out of it.
“It looks like Torquay are getting detached but they’ve got a new manager and could click.
“There’s a lot of big clubs behind us and there’s no use me hiding because in my opinion we are in a relegation battle.
“A couple of good results and we’ll be looking up but Saturday was a reality check.”