RYAN Esson believes that as one of Caley Thistle's more experienced players, he has the job of keeping positive in order to help his younger team-mates through what is a difficult period for the club.
Inverness currently find themselves bottom of the Scottish Premier League, but still remain firmly in touch with the teams above them.
Two disappointing performances against St Johnstone and Dunfermline have only yielded one point from six, much to the annoyance of Caley Jags gaffer Terry Butcher.
31-year-old Esson, however, can understand the frustrations of his boss and recognises it is the responsibility of the players to perform once they cross that white line.
Esson told the Inverness Courier: "I'm one of the older one's, so it's my job to try and gee the younger players up as a lot of them will never have been in this position before.
"If I'm in goal and I'm just moping about then it's going to filter through the team, but that will never happen on my watch.
"I've got to be positive and try to lift them. Yes we're disappointed and upset, but we'll get a good week's training in and go again on Saturday.
"The manager is obviously disappointed because he sees boys out there with the potential to do a lot more and it frustrates him a lot of the time.
"We know we have a lot more to show on the pitch and I think that frustrates him a lot, so it's up to us to show it more often."