Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Osborn said they need to learn how to grind out results to give themselves a better chance of safety ahead of the trip to Cardiff.
The Reds lost 1-0 to relegation rivals Blackburn on Friday and Osborn is eager to bounce back against Neil Warnock’s side.
He said: “We were sloppy, nowhere near as good as we were last week. They didn’t have too many chances and we have got to learn how to grind results out. We aren’t going to play well every week and we need to learn how to grind results out and we had enough of the ball to do that.
“We have gone away to top teams and played half-decent and they don’t have the best of days but still come away with a result.
“It is massive on Monday away at Cardiff. We have a good squad to use, that’s a positive, so we go there and dust ourselves down over the weekend, look back at what we can improve on and try and get another good performance out of it which we have shown we can do.
“We need to stand up and be counted now. It is bigger than ever and it would be good timing to get a win on Monday.”
Osborn said the confidence is there in the squad to ensure they maintain their Championship status and that they are motivated to secure safety as soon as possible.
He said: “Some of the football we have played has increased our confidence massively. There were just a few of us, myself included, who had an off day on Friday, especially in the first half and we need to make sure that can’t happen.
“The motivation is there. The squad has been really tight-knit and everyone is buying into it. Seeing Blackburn come away with the three points has only motivated us more, if not angered us.
“We need to get the job done, that is why it was so frustrating as it could almost have been put to bed on Friday. It hasn’t, that’s the way it goes, and we need to bounce back and put in a good performance on Monday and do everything we can to get a result there.”