RAITH Rovers defender Jason Thomson reckons team spirit can push the Kirkcaldy men into the promotion hunt.
Rovers showed all their battling qualities to come back from a goal down and claim three points against Falkirk on Saturday, extending their unbeaten run to six games.
The result puts Raith level on points with third-placed Morton, seven points behind leaders Partick Thistle, who thrased fellow title hopefuls Dunfermline 5-1 at Firhill on Saturday.
After narrowly avoiding relegation last season most Raith fans would settle for a solid mid-table finish this term, but Thomson revealed that the players are aiming higher.
He said: “This league is so tight that if you can turn draws into wins you’ll shoot right up the league.
“The result for Partick against Dunfermline shows that they are the team to beat this season, but we believe in ourselves.
“We’ve cut the squad from last season and we have a few part-time boys playing so I don’t know what the expectations of the board are.
“But among the team we’re thinking we can get right up there.
“If we can finish as high up as possible, third, second or even first, that would be a good season for the club.
“The team spirit is great. We’ve scored a number of late goals and it shows that everyone is working for each other.”
Raith found themselves a goal down at half-time on Saturday as Falkirk’s Luke Leahy put the visitors ahead in the 43rd minute.
On-loan Hearts winger David Smith proved the catalyst for Raith’s second half comeback, scoring the equaliser before setting up Grant Anderson’s late winner.
Raith were struggling for inspiration until Smith’s long-range strike took a slight deflection on its way into the net in the 57th minute.
The winner came five minutes from time when Smith drove to the by-line and cut the ball back for Anderson to beat McGovern at the second attempt.
Raith boss Grant Murray said: “We found it hard in the first half, the way Falkirk had set up to play, but we managed to weather it and come strong in the end – and that’s what counts. The one thing our guys have is fighting spirit.”