Niall Currie hopes his side have learned some valuable lessons from their opening games in the Danske Bank Premiership.
Twelve games down and Ards continue to prop up the table.
It has been a steep learning curve for last season’s Championship winners, but boss Currie is confident his players are starting to accept the challenge in front of them.
Last week’s 3-1 win against Portadown was a welcome tonic for the club, in what was their first game at new-look Clandeboye Park.
Next up are Glenavon on Friday night, and Currie hopes his players can continue building momentum.
“We’ve played the first series of games and hopefully we have learned lessons,” he said.
“The experience will have done us the world of good and hopefully we can build on last week’s result.
“The performance against Portadown was excellent, especially considering the fact we were missing eight players.
“This is a tough league and our aim is keep our heads above water. Every week brings a tough game and a challenge.
“Hopefully the Portadown win will give us a lot of belief, particularly the young lads. If you can perform like that against one of the top teams, it should give us great confidence.”