Billy Davies urged his Nottingham Forest side to call on the spirit of glory days gone by after their 1-0 defeat at Doncaster.
Billy Sharp's first-half goal condemned Forest to a third one-goal loss from their last four outings, preventing them from closing the gap on leaders Newcastle.
Davies was not too concerned afterwards, though, and encouraged his charges to use the club's legendary European Cup-winning sides of 1979 and 1980 for inspiration between now and the end of the season.
"Why should I be down?" he asked. "We've just come off a 19-game unbeaten run. I've just said to the players, do you think John McGovern won two European Cups because everything went right throughout a season?
"Over a season, there are good times and there are bad times, but we're sitting in the top three at the moment. Ask John McGovern what it takes to win two European Cups."