Ards manager Niall Currie remained upbeat, even though his boys were narrowly beaten by Cliftonville last week.
Currie is demanding the same commitment and effort for the visit of Dungannon Swifts to the Bangor Fuels Arena on Saturday.
“All I ask for is endeavour and dedication and I couldn’t have got any more from the boys last week," enthused Currie.
"At the end of the day, it was a cruel result. On the plus side, there was a massive improvement performance wise.
“The boys worked themselves to an absolute standstill and it's going to take the same again against Dungannon Swifts, who are greatly improved this season."
Currie is hoping to have a full squad available. He added: “It is no coincidence, we are starting to get bodies back into the team -- big players returning from injury.
"Hopefully, we’ll have a full panel this week. We need to be more ruthless at the top end of the pitch, that's my only bit of criticism. We missed a couple of great chances against the Reds.
"Then, an individual error for their second goal cost us, but there is plenty to build on."
After ramming in 12 goals in their two previous matches, the Swifts were brought back to earth, losing to a last minute goal at home to Glentoran last weekend.
"We need perform at a high level more consistently if we are to achieve our ambition, which is a top six place," said boss Rod McAree.